5 Essential Guidelines to Designing With Purpose

Posted on: July 1, 2019

Build vs Design Approach Why approach the design with purpose?  Often a remodel starts when something breaks, doesn’t work quite right, or you want to improve something (whether it’s a specific function or cosmetics).  If you were looking to remodel a kitchen, for instance, from what I refer to as a “build” approach it may…

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Thriving in Place for Mom

Posted on: May 22, 2019

I remember my childhood home.  A typical split-foyer found in almost any Northern Virginia neighborhood built between the 50s and 80s.  I remember scaling the upper level railing, hanging over the foyer, as I played Barbie and pretending to be falling off the “cliff” during – what I referred to as – my jungle Barbie…

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Guide to Aging in Place Home Remodeling: How to Enjoy Your Home in Your Golden Years

Posted on: January 3, 2019

At Sun Design, we believe the best way to enjoy your golden years is in the comfort of your own home. This allows you to live independently in a place that lets you feel like you. In this month’s blog post, we’ll outline everything you need to know about the best way to make this…

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Start the Conversation: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Posted on: December 10, 2018

  “Should I stay, or should I go?”   Without a doubt, this is a favorite topic with both clients and friends who are questioning the meaning of “what’s next” in their lives. Whether seen as daunting or exciting, the path on this new adventure can definitely be broken down into bite-size pieces for consideration.…

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THRIVING IN PLACE: Main-Level Living, Not Just for the Elderly

Posted on: July 10, 2018

What components make for main-level living? Most think of the kitchen, living/family rooms and dining room – but what about the master suite, laundry room, and the hallways? Make access simple and safe for everyone by locating everything necessary to daily life on the main level of your home. Aging in Place, or what we…

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BABY BOOMERS PLAN TO AGE IN PLACE: Your Kitchen – Haven or Hassle?

Posted on: May 29, 2018

Isn’t it true that when guests arrive they all seem to gravitate in the kitchen?  Kids return home from school, grandchildren come to visit, the neighbors drop in… and everyone ends up wedged between the sink and the fridge. Very few cooks enjoy being confined in a tight space to prepare a meal when company…

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BABY BOOMERS PLAN TO AGE IN PLACE: Hub of the Home

Posted on: May 4, 2018

  Most would agree that the kitchen is the hub (heart) of the home. It’s where the family gathers for meals, queues up for carpools and prepares holiday feasts. It is the energetic center of the house – the fulcrum of all things family. Even in today’s busy world, where parents and children are rushing…

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BABY BOOMERS PLAN TO AGE IN PLACE: Where Do You Begin?

Posted on: April 6, 2018

  As throngs of Baby Boomers move our collective attention to the concept of Aging in Place, here are two thoughts to keep in mind: Choice gives you power. Future Planning gives you that choice. It’s funny how we plan for most everything else in our lives, except to age. As an aging Boomer myself…

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Aging in Place: Blending Households from Afar

Posted on: February 17, 2018

  Carol Mailander, formerly a resident of Los Altos, CA, moved to Fairfax, VA to retire-in-place with her daughter, her son in-law, two grandsons and the family dog. In 2017, Sun Design began construction on Carol’s in-law suite. Prior to moving to Fairfax, Carol would visit during the summer months to watch her grandchildren and…

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Trends: In-Law Suites for Multi-Generational Living

Posted on: February 24, 2017

Spending time with family is priceless, and bringing your entire family together under one roof is even more invaluable.  We have begun noticing more and more of our remodeling projects are around incorporating an in-law suite within the home for multi-generational living.  If you are considering multi-generational living, here are some common themes we are…

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