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As the tough housing market forces more people to stay put homeowners are personalizing their space during a remodel rather than move
according to a poll
conducted by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) in honor of National Home Improvement Month.
Poll results showed that 26 percent of respondents are
planning to stay an additional 16 to 20 years in their homes because
their home values have decreased during the recession. Twenty-three
percent reported they are going to stay an additional six to 10
years in their homes.
The U.S. Census Bureau reports combined existing and new single
family home sales decreased 5 percent in 2010. "This is very telling
of what homeowners are experiencing as a result of the recession,"
says NARI National President Dean Herriges, MCR, CKBR, of Urban
Herriges & Sons in Mukwonago, Wis. "Because many homes have recently
decreased in value, people are deciding to stick it out for much
longer than they had originally planned."
This in turn, has sparked a new remodeling trend that centers on
making homes better reflect individual lifestyles and tastes as
people decide to live in them longer. "Remodeling used to be about
increasing resale value-making improvements that are appealing to
the majority of buyers in order to boost the value of the home," Herriges says.
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But that is simply not the case anymore.
"More and more people are throwing out the resale theory and making
specialized improvements that suit their needs and their needs
only," he says.
And this trend stretches far beyond flashy paint colors and
finishes. Homeowners are opting for spas with exercise pools,
caterer kitchens, art rooms, yoga studios, motorcycle garages, dog
spas, wine cellars and tasting rooms, helicopter pads, 3-D murals,
built-in teppanyaki grills, sewing rooms and meditation rooms.
Herriges cautions homeowners, though, that it's important the
customizations make sense to their lifestyle. "Make sure that
whatever your adding is going to be something that you really intend
to use, otherwise the space will end up being underutilized and make
you unhappy," Herriges says.
The entire poll results are as follows: 13 percent responded they
had not planned to stay longer in their homes, 28 percent planned to
stay one to five years longer, 23 percent planned to stay six to 10
years, 10 percent planned to stay 11 to 15 years longer and 26
percent planned to stay 16 to 20 years longer.
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The answer is "yes" as far as patients at
Henry Ford Hospital in
are concerned. Doctors are testing out "telerounding" using
facetime with Ipads.
"I can check how the patient is breathing, responding, and I can
look at their incisions. I can actually use the iPad to examine
them," said Dr. Rogers, Director of Renal Surgery & Director of
Urologic Oncology. "I still have a team onsite. I still have nurses,
and a fellow, and residents that are here. It definitely helps that
I can be more of a part of the process."
Facetime is a video call program, similar to
Skype, developed by Apple. The chats are encrypted for security and
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