Storytellers

04

May
2017

#VEGASSEVEN: Minor Modifications

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#VEGASSEVEN:
Minor Modifications

by Rob Kachelriess

"Julie Leverett is in the business of remodeling and reconstructing homes to make sure they’re suitable for anyone to live in. 'Whether you’re young, you’re old, you have children, you’re a millennial with grandparents, you have Alzheimer’s or any type of ailment, the home will accommodate yourself along with friends and family who visit. There are no limitations.'

Picconi founded One Eleven Ltd. with her boyfriend Eddie Leverett Jr. a little more than a year ago. The pair are experts in not only adding features that help sick, handicapped or elderly people, but also doing it in a manner that retains the beauty and aesthetics of the home or small business.

Common upgrades include widening doorways for wheelchairs, redesigning showers for easy entry (without stepping over an edge), adjusting sink heights, modifying kitchen cabinets, creating accessibility for toilets and making doorknobs easier to grasp. Sometimes it’s important to paint a door and wall the same color to discourage a person with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia from gravitating toward contrasting colors and wandering off.

The couple first met in high school while taking ceramics summer school back in 1986. They went their separate ways, with Picconi in Las Vegas and Leverett in San Diego, before reconnecting about 13 years later. With One Eleven, they provide more than a service. They offer compassion, education and understanding because they’ve personally experienced the frustrations and challenges connected with disabilities."

Read the full article on VegasSeven.com

23

November
2016

#THANKSGIVING: Opportunities

chef kerry simon

#THANKSGIVING:
Opportunities

We’ve reached that time of year when gratitude fills the air as we hear the polite words “Thanksgiving” floating through the Las Vegas Valley.

What defines Thanksgiving?

~Thanksgiving is the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgment of benefits or favors, especially to God.

~Thanksgiving is a public celebration in acknowledgment of divine favor or kindness.

Are you one of those people who like to watch the beloved home improvement shows? We, just as much as anyone enjoy them, they spark excitement and creativity for sure. But who has ideas on what you would do differently during some portions of the programs? Let’s take “Demo Day” for example: for reality TV this day comes with a smash and burn approach way of relinquishing frustrations and demolishing aggressions. In some cases this may be welcomed but in other instances substantial opportunities are lost, opportunities to give back the “Thanksgiving” like hope that strengthens the lives of the less fortunate as well as the opportunity to save space in our burdened landfills which lessens the impact of waste on our environment.

Las Vegas contractor ONE eleven ltd. embraces the spirit of Thanksgiving year round. The culture ONE eleven ltd. has enthusiastically adopted is to RE-invent independence one family at a time. When it comes to “Demo Day” we approach this special day by strategically replacing “one man’s trash,” re-inventing it as another “man’s treasure” in a fortuitous instance of humble kindness.

How truly simplistic are these measures you ask? Extremely, during the design phase the essential question, “What would you like to do with your salvageable items such as: cabinets, sinks, lighting etc?” The repeated answer is “Well, we haven’t really thought of what to do with them.” Our quick response is, “We can donate them if you’d like? Or we can repurpose elsewhere on your property, maybe your garage or laundry room perhaps?” And it is with this meaningful conversation that we diversify lives and shift spirits. We present an opportunity for individuals to engage in propelling good will, planting a seed of kindness that may otherwise have been overlooked. One finds great fervor and excitement when donating to other households, this is undeniably the healthy route taken for the sake of humanity and the environment both. Sadly, the TV shows are missing a beneficial juncture in which to enhance the viewers knowledge of the fact that there is retained value in repurposing such fixtures, cabinets, doors etc.

“We find that generally people do not even realize gifting these items is an option. Often times there are more than worthy tiles, fixtures, cabinets, etc. that can be used on other projects and/or donated to worthy causes. These items can usually be salvaged easily, with a little time and care amidst the demolition stage of the renovation process.” Says, Eddie Leverett Jr.

Las Vegas contractor ONE eleven ltd. envelops the opportunity to sprinkle gratitude throughout the Las Vegas community and wishes all a #HAPPYTHANKSGIVING2016

28

October
2016

#BEWARE: Lowest Bidder

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#BEWARE:
Lowest Bidder

In keeping with the theme of the season’s ghoulish ways and tricks without treats, BEWARE of Ghosts & Goblins and the spooky lowest bidding contractor.

Once the all-important decision has been made to move forward with your home renovation there are many angles to gauge, such as budget, time allotment, the design etc. BUT the most critical, the step that rises above all others, the step that if one does not grant it the acknowledgement it deserves can mean the difference between abundant success or devastating disaster:

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT QUALIFIED, RESPONSIBLE GENERAL CONTRACTOR?

This is the person who posses the skill set, knowledge base and expertise that harmonizes well with the expectations and aspirations you envision in your home remodel project.

TIPS FOR CHOOSING A GENERAL CONTRACTOR

CHECK CREDENTIALS:

With a little research and diligence you can achieve the goal of finding a professional Contractor that meshes well with your values and ideals. Check with the local Las Vegas Better Business Bureau and NV State Contractors Board before calling anyone out to your home.

THE INTERVIEW:

Please take the utmost care and consideration during the Contractor “interview process.” Take your time with this evaluation, paying particular attention to:

Professionalism: Did the contractor keep their appointment? Were they on time to their appointment? Did they offer you a business card and introduce themselves properly? Did they take their shoes off or offer to take their shoes off, in respect of your home? Were they dressed professionally?

PERSONALITY: Did they deliver a notable first impression? This may sound odd but you have to consider the fact that you will be inviting strangers into your home, you must have a good feeling about them otherwise it may make for an uncomfortable situation.

CREDENTIALS: Along with the BBB and State Contractors Board there are other ways engaged contractors can demonstrate credibility. A reputable contractor should be transparent, they should be able to produce quickly, easily and without hesitation/question; business licenses, their jurisdictional licenses, insurances, bond certificates, proof of past performance of similar projects, references, length of time they’ve been in business, their website etc. Side note: Some of the work will be sub’ contracted out to other companies, be sure these firms are reputable and hold the same merit.

MULTIPLE BIDS:

Properly analyzing proposals from multiple Las Vegas contractors will assuredly set you up for success especially when preparing for a large-scale renovation. Most homeowners see one thing when reviewing bids, $$$ dollar signs and naturally, one tends to reach for the bid with the lowest dollar value, a tempting option for sure but this is generally when and where catastrophes transpire. Simply remember, weigh the risks, compare apples to apples and resist from stopping at price alone.

APPLES to APPLES:

What does it mean to compare Apples to Apples? This essential element when determining the accuracy of a bid is comparing and contrasting the entire scope of work plus materials; one must level the playing field when measuring the proposals for exactness. A few areas for strong consideration when assessing the bids beyond prices are: Is the plan of action the same? Is the scope of work detail the same? Which materials are each of the Las Vegas contractors utilizing? How do they apply the materials? Are the project elements lined out in the order in which they will occur, eliminating confusion?

LOWEST BIDDER #BEWARE

Once the bids have been collected, you may ask yourself, “How is one quote so much lower than the others?” The ideology here goes back to comparing Apples to Apples. Below is a list of why one Las Vegas Contractor may have captivating numbers:

  • The lowest bidder will surely be providing the cheapest products with no warranties
  • The lowest bidder will use materials not fit to hold up over long periods of time
  • The lowest bidder will cut corners and will not provide any recourse if their work proves faulty
  • The lowest bidder will generally have errors in their estimate
  • The lowest bidder will purposefully omit vital aspects of the job
  • The lowest bidder will present you with change orders mid-project for those omitted line items. Note: Change Orders are additional work not presented in the original scope of work. Change Orders equal: added expense, added time to the project and added stress.
  • The lowest bidder will capitalize on your unfamiliarity of the renovation process and products
  • The lowest bidder may not call for permits when permits are necessary
  • The lowest bidder hopes to “sell” the project with dollar signs $$ alone
  • The lowest bidder more times than not will not have proper insurances, licenses or bonds all of which are in place to protect the homeowner
  • The lowest bidder will have poor knowledge, craftsmanship and integrity
  • The lowest bidder will not respect your home or the people in your home

ONE eleven ltd. is a Las Vegas Universal Design Build Remodel Company that receives plenty of calls from homeowners that have been taken advantage of by irresponsible contractors and sees first hand “Why you should NEVER go with the lowest bidder” when it comes to your construction projects. We agree it is difficult at times to see beyond the $$$ dollar signs but in the case of your home renovation, take extreme caution. Auspiciously lean toward the Las Vegas Contractor with the responsible bid rather; this contractor will most likely not have lowest dollar value as their bottom line. The qualified, responsible bidder more times than not will have more line items listed in the proposal, they will have an organized detailed scope of work, they will foresee potential costs once walls are opened and exposed, this will be the contractor who willingly sits with you to explain all aspects of your project and be able to knowledgably walk you through the various stages of the renovation process from beginning to end. This bidder is not trying to be the lowest bidder, they are competitive in their estimating; they prides themselves in being true craftsmen with honesty and integrity paving the way.

11

September
2016

#TRENDING: Designing for Dementia

chef kerry simon

#TRENDING:
Designing for Dementia

At ONE eleven ltd. we pride ourselves in renovating Las Vegas homes with a purpose, encompassing all aspects of accessibility, which accommodate the ever-changing needs of individuals with physical limitations: Universal Design in Las Vegas

When remodeling/renovating a Las Vegas home, we intentionally incorporate trending essential medical elements in which radiate and encourage:

  • Style
  • Aesthetically pleasing elements
  • Equivalent safety features
  • Functional value
  • A positive mindset

Renovations for diversifying a home within the existing walls and exterior grounds can range from but are not limited to:

  • Intricate structural changes
  • Additions of room/rooms
  • Subtraction of room/rooms
  • Addition of an elevator
  • Bathroom restoration
  • Simple cosmetic fixes
  • Contrasting paint schemes
  • Update lighting elements
  • Overall spatial relations

At ONE eleven ltd. we strive to assure individuals and their families that staying in the comfort of their familiar home environment; in their familiar neighborhoods, encourages a sense of security and assures the connectedness with relatives and friends remain the heartbeat. Much of ones happiness emerges when given the choice to age-in-place in Las Vegas for the duration of their lives, seizing this opportunity and maintaining these vital relationships is essential to positive growth through the later years of life, nourishes independence, dignity and self-worth, steadily driving down solitude and loneliness.

The below information is proposed as a “think” platform, a catalyst for sparking creative home designs when assisting individuals and their families who are recognizing signs of Dementia and the like. The information is not intended for sole use and should be combined with other readings and research.

Significant considerations when designing a home in Las Vegas for someone with Dementia and/or the like:

FRONT ENTRY:

  • Automated systems for safety
    • Monitor daily actions of seniors and track habits, if something is off from one day to the next it will send alerts
    • Automated lighting for travel down dark halls adds security and safety
  • Additional lighting in front door corridor
  • Contrast color for key element or add lighted key holes
  • Door alarms and buzzers
  • Lever door handles
  • Intercoms
  • Sturdy wood ramps, as opposed to noisy metal ones, those can be startling
  • Zero edge transition from inside/outside
  • Widened door jams
  • Contrasting the color of the front door inside and out will assist with easy recognition of entry and exit:
    • Do take into account the possibility of wandering, in this case painting the inside door the same color as the walls can aid in disguising the door as an exit point
  • Internal hard to maneuver locking systems

LIVING SPACES:

  • Emergency alert devises:
    • Gas
    • Water over flow
    • Fire
  • Daylight "light" bulbs and as much natural light as possible
  • Skylights can open up a space and boost additional daylight
  • Uniform lighting levels from room to room
  • Lighting preferences differ immensely; ask the individual what they prefer, keeping them involved in the design is a positive factor
  • Task lighting over a favorite sitting area for reading or working on projects
  • Ambient background lighting used for evening maneuvering
  • Be cautious, some intense lighting can cast shadows, which may be frightening
  • Have lighting control where it is easy to access, adjust effortlessly and quickly, automated is a plus
  • Keep the layout of the furniture familiar
  • Soften corners
  • Open spaces up a bit for ease of movement and to avoid tripping hazards
  • Add large windows and automated curtain feature
  • Contrasting switch plates
  • Avoid wall colors that may blend or wash out, such as muted purples, blues, greens and grays.
    • Keep in mind, the color in overall design should generate cheerfulness: maybe the individual’s personality and favorite color can be incorporated to promote a healthy mindset, this can be an aspect of the design process that the individual can participate in, their input is key.
  • Make all floor transitions distinguishable and easily recognizable
  • Use pictures, signs, labels, (whatever it takes) to specify rooms, drawers, cabinets etc. This may take several attempts and trial & error but is accomplishable
  • Contrast color for hand rails, avoid reflective surfaces, such as stainless steel
  • Single wall socket may be less confusing
  • Highlight/contrast changes in surfaces or steps: Avoid floor contrast from one room to another
    • Strive for uniformity
    • Avoid dark contrasting spots
    • The black creates the illusion of a hole
  • Unless you do not want someone walking in an area, example: paint a black area or add a black mat at the front door in order to detour someone from unknowingly walking outside.
  • Contrasting doors and walls for easy identification: On the flip side painting the interior exit doors the same color as the walls can assist in disguising the door as an exit point
  • Contrast furniture with floors and walls
  • Add large clocks in each room visible from many positions, analog/digital is of personal preference
  • Avoid the TV as a focal point of any room: Be cautious of the reflection cast when the TV is turned off, may be considered startling. Add a decorative cover when it is off or a tilt screen as a remedy
  • TV volume should be adjusted to low moderate levels, loud noises may be distracting and cause confusion
  • Avoid adding reflective materials/mirrors in areas where mirrors are not the norm: Mirrors should be limited to bathroom, be sure reflective surfaces can be covered when not in use
  • Contrasting washer/dryer easy control panel
  • INVITING outdoor spaces provide harmonious feelings, incorporating courtyards or backyard spaces with easy access from the home is advantageous

KITCHEN:

  • Easy to reach and read large format hot/cold indicators
  • Easy to reach large format on/off indicators
  • Microwave with big buttons and handles for opening
  • Automated cook timers
  • Smoke detectors
  • Kitchen cabinets with glass panels, for ease of seeing inside
  • Easy open cabinets with soft close hinges
  • Brightly colored contrasting knobs for drawers and cabinets
  • Under counter lighting: Keep sharp corners as visible as possible
  • Let natural light flow by adding a large format window
  • Remove complicated kitchen items
  • Add a sit down work station in the kitchen
  • Elderly remember traditional cooking equipment/utensils
  • Remove clutter
  • Touch faucets
  • Contrast the sink and the countertop color
  • Matte finish solid countertops, avoid ones with a glare:
    • The contrasting color is personal preference, this is another area to include the individual in his/her design choice
    • Lighter color countertops brighten the kitchen
  • Contrasting fridge
  • Contrasting dishes and silverware to the table or table cloth: The edge of the plate/dishes/silverware should be identifiable

BATHROOM:

  • Identifiable door for the bathroom: Lever door handles / Decorative door labels add peaceful décor elements and are a nice reminder / Contrasting door color
  • Risk potential in the bathroom is high; take extra consideration when designing for this space
  • Incorporating slip resistant flooring
  • There should be contrast where the floor and wall meet
  • Addition of adequate and plentiful, contrasting grab bars
  • Comfort height toilet
    • Contrasting color toilet seat
  • Toilet should contrast to the walls and the floor. It needs to be definitive and easily recognizable
  • Sink should contrast with the walls and the floor
    • Sinks/countertops should have rounded corners
    • Incorporate a sink area with plenty of counter space for putting down and picking up objects
  • Touch faucets
  • Zero edge slip resistant shower
    • Roll in/out shower chair
    • Simple to use features, no computer controls
    • Easy to recognize hot/cold and on/off buttons
    • Temperature control may be an added benefit
    • Removable shower head
    • Contrasting color, safe and sturdy seating area
    • Mirror
    • Design an easy fit cover for concealing the mirror when needed
  • Lighting and fan should not co mingle

BEDROOM:

  • Choose a quieter side of the home
  • Keep familiar layout and furniture
  • Lever door handle
  • Large windows
  • Automated curtains
    • A timer for opening and closing the curtains can be added, it is important to keep a routine for waking and going to sleep
  • Substantial lighting – keeping the internal clock on point:
    • Consider daylight
    • Consider dusk lighting
  • Night-lights
    • Automated lighting for travel down dark halls and nightly bathroom visits adds security and safety
  • Task lighting over bed for reading and projects
  • Contrast color where the floor and wall meet
  • Contrast color when it comes to the bedroom furniture and/or bedding
  • Glass on the closet door may help alleviate confusion of where the closet is located
    • Do keep in mind reflective value
  • Label drawers
  • Easy hand pulls on the drawers
  • Easy slide drawers

We hope these “Age-in-Place,” Las Vegas Universal Design tips will promote and facilitate independence and assist with ensuring that dignity and quality of life are at the forefront of your design.

by ~ Julie Leverett

12

July
2016

CHEF KERRY SIMON:

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#DETERMINED:
...to make a difference

ONE eleven ltd. is a Las Vegas Universal Design Contractor; who attributes their unsurpassable inspiration and insight from Chef Kerry Simon. Kerry enlightened those around him; and it was with that genuine passion we made a commitment to spread these extraordinary life lessons. Kerry was a courageous, generous soul who always found a way to do more despite his debilitating illness Multiple System Atrophy. Spending time with him was intriguing, he honorably never gave in to his ailments, his optimism was contagious and his substantive ways of rising above and BEING the difference amongst his community, whether it were the Las Vegas community as a whole or his new MSA family, he was all in, heart and soul. Once Kerry’s illness progressed, confining him to his wheelchair fulltime, the challenges involved with daily life were inevitably significant. The stresses of maneuvering through slender doorways and up rickety ramps, not to mention the bathroom and bedroom accommodations were the focus of conversations, safety was of the utmost concern. These crucial realities are what originally led Kerry and his team to the planning and renovating of an aesthetically pleasing and functional living space fit for the humble Rock-n-Roll Chef, this was a design that complimented Kerry’s essential daily living activities utilizing Universal Design concepts; individualizing each of his medical necessities by incorporating sleek innovative products was pivotal when it came to overall design. This was a remodel that shifted spirits by not adhering to the medical norm. Now, waking up each day with renewed virtue by way of granting easy access in and around the home gave Kerry a new lease on life, MSA did not define Kerry in the least; his independence was reinvented. Regaining a dignified, independent lifestyle can be obtainable for many others sharing these same life experiences. ONE eleven ltd. will add ease in the transitional period for individuals, their families and caregivers, by compassionately consulting, thoroughly planning and confidently building functional living spaces utilizing innovative Universal Design concepts within the Las Vegas and Southern California areas. ~Julie Leverett

06

June
2016

#AGE-IN-PLACE:

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#AGE-IN-PLACE:
Modify your home to accommodate your accessibility requirements; Live in your cherished home as you age-in-place.

The idea of living in the comfort of your own home for the duration of a lifetime is not an unrealistic dream. The memories and years of happiness you cherish are yours to keep.

What is aging in place? As stated by Age-in-Place.com, aging in place is a term used to describe a person living in the residence of their choice for as long as they are able, as they age.

The National Aging in Place Council (NAIPC) says: “more than 90 percent of older adults would prefer to “age in place” rather than move to senior housing. But the group acknowledges that a gap exists between their desire and the reality of the modifications their home may require.”

The possibility of acquiring these life-changing modifications is completely obtainable; it’s just a matter of finding the right licensed contractor, one who specializes in Age-in-Place home renovations, also termed as Universal Design.

There is a licensed, insured and bonded contractor right here in the Las Vegas area, ONE eleven ltd. is an innovative Design | Build | Remodel company who can transform your Las Vegas home into a wheelchair friendly, accessible living environment simply by incorporating Universal Design concepts.

Choosing to remodel your traditionally constructed home with stylish accessible features, adding functionality is not only possible, but also extremely cost effective. According to the Homeability.com’s living-at-home-vs.-assisted-living-cost-comparison article, the national average monthly assisted living expense can range from $6,700 to $7,500 per month, roughly $91,000 per year. When we compared this to a home remodel modestly ranging from $15,000- $75,000+ depending on the individual needs of the homeowner, the Age-in-Place concept is by far the better option for most.

ONE eleven ltd. is based in Las Vegas and Southern California and can assist with consulting, designing and building adaptable, serene spaces within the existing structure of your highly valued home incorporating all of the accessibility and safety features necessary for “age in place” living. “We use inventive techniques, blending stylish and functional accessible products into a Universal Design that proactively addresses the needs of the entire household, including care-givers and nursing personnel,” says Eddie Leverett Jr. founder of ONE eleven ltd. Compassion and security are at the forefront when planning ahead for future mobility, accessibility and safety. Modifying your home to fit your specifics needs is our way of assuring you of the fact that your physical limitations do not define you; ONE eleven ltd. is committed to RE-inventing independence, ONE hope, ONE home and ONE future at a time.