Universal Design, by definition, is the design and composition of a space so that it can be accessed and used by all people, regardless of age, size, ability or disability. When done well, Universal Design blends seamlessly into a space, adding beauty to the design rather than detracting from it.
From the early design phases of this kitchen project, designers Eddie and Julie Leverett of ONE eleven ltd. took accessibility into account, making it an inherent part of the design, as each of the homeowners presented daily living challenges: one uses a wheelchair while the other has limitations reaching overhead.
The kitchen floorplan in this older, outdated home needed to be reconfigured and updated within the footprint of the existing home. The plan was to remove all physical barriers to create an open concept space that provided a light, airy and spacious feel.
Narrow doorways were widened to 36", allowing for ease of movement in and out of the space. The clearances around the kitchen island were strategically designed at a spacious 42" wide, allowing a wheelchair enough room to easily turn 360 degrees. Large-format Aequa-Series NIX ceramic floor tile from Arizona Tile is used throughout the home for effortless maneuvering with a wheelchair.
A secondary sink was replaced with an accessible sink/food prep station, meaning the kitchen now has two sink work stations - one for someone who prefers to stand while working and one that can be used from a seated position.
Two neutral cabinet tones are featured on the natural maple EVO framless cabinets from Showplace Cabinetry, which were designed with all lower drawer boxes and a full-height roll-out pantry for easy-reach access and to keep items organized. Open shelving in the island as well as maple butcher block floating shelves along the wall keep everyday items accessible. Along the perimeter walls, 3"x6" Carrera Marble tiles lend a classic touch to the space, while Silverstone by Cosentino quartz countertops in White Zeus add brightness.
Within the island, a microwave is placed strategically at counter level. The range sits next to it, delivering a central cooking area.
The owners of this master bath each experience unique mobility challenges, with one of the homeowners using a wheelchair at all times. The goal for designer Julie Leverett of ONE eleven ltd. was to create a space that would make accessibility "an inherent part of the design rather than an afterthought" achieving a seamless blend of Universal Design elements with aesthetic appeal.
In order to facilitate effortless morning and evening routines, the designer added a dual floating vanity that would accommodate both standing and seated positions, as well a a zero-edge enclosed bath/shower space. The bath was reoriented and recessed into the floor in order to accommodate the user as well as a caregiver, and the commode room was placed behind a barn door for ease of entry. The tub itself is a 60" drop-in version with additional insulation for extended warmth.
Sleek and stylish tile surfaces feature Arizona Tile's Reside Beige 12"x24" field tile with 12"x24" Reside Ash in the wall-to-wall niche. Moen fittings are featured throughout, providing ease of use
Las Vegas, NV | In late July, building professionals from across the Las Vegas region gathered together to spearhead an effort to help raise the quality of construction in the area and to ignite a passion for the trades in their community.
The meetup was hosted by Eddie and Julie Leverett of the design-build firm One Eleven ltd. in partnership with Fine Homebuilding. KeepCraftAlive, which is built on the premise of understanding the skills gap and its impact on home building and local economies, has its foundation deep in the spirit of craftsmanship, and is supporting community events like this one across North America to celebrate the value true craft brings to those who follow their passions into the trades.
The Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence began in 1993. The awards cover 28 categories of residential and commercial remodeling, and winners are selected for each of four geographical regions of the country. The regional winners are then judged to select a national winner for each category.
A minimalist master bathroom that feels light and airy and provides comfortable wheelchair accessibility. “From the early design phases, we took accessibility into account,” says designer Julie Leverett. “And because this was an inherent part of the design, rather than an afterthought, the universal design features blend seamlessly, adding beauty to the master bath rather than detracting from it.”
Frameless glass enclosure with curbless entry. Beige porcelain tile running floor to ceiling on three walls. Wall-to-wall niche. A 60-inch drop-in soaking tub with additional insulation for energy savings. “By reorienting the bathtub, we gained the necessary room to comfortably combine the bath and shower areas, capturing the wet room style perfectly,” she says. “The wall-to-wall niche not only adds functionality for both the shower and the bathtub essentials, it brings both areas together as one, which is an ideal representation of a wet room.”
Dual floating vanity that can accommodate seated and standing positions.
Designer tip. “Being a design-build contractor, we are able to change design midconstruction if we see an opportunity present itself,” Leverett says. “With this particular wet room, once the walls were exposed, the thought of a wall-to-wall niche came to fruition. Although subtle in itself, the niche transformed the bathroom into a minimalist Zen retreat.”
“With this master bathroom, accessibility was a key component of the design,” she says. “A challenge that comes with that is creating a barrier-free entry. In order to overcome this hurdle, we cut, removed and planed existing concrete to provide the necessary slope of one-quarter-inch per foot, creating a barrier-free, zero-edge entry point. Knowing the end goal will be a wet room with ease of entry, and maneuverability in and out of the shower to accommodate an individual plus a caregiver, gives the drive to push forward without hesitation with design.”
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"No doubt when you think of Nevada, you think of Las Vegas: all of the glamour in the world available to you on one magnificent street at 3 am, then that warm, dry desert heat by the pool when you finally get out of bed at 3 pm. Oddly enough, the state actually takes its name from the Spanish for ‘snow clad,’ a reference to the high mountain scenery of the Sierra Nevada mountain range on the western border of the state. It’s a reminder that – as glorious as Las Vegas may be – Nevada has much more to offer than glitz and glamour.
It’s a ruggedly beautiful state, framed by sublime mountain peaks, and floored with stark desert plains. With half the population of the state living in the Las Vegas metropolitan area, people forget how picturesque and rural much of the state is. The mountain cabin, the lakeside lodge, and the skiing retreat are as much a part of Nevada as the thrilling Vegas floor shows.
And all that space means that Nevada has room to grow, and growing it is: the population is on the rise, and there are plenty of contractors who will help you build a new dream home, or renovate your historic property. We’ve listed contractors with years of experience, as well as awards, media features, and most importantly of all: innovative and beautiful design."
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Eddie Leverett settled into a construction career in Vegas in 2016 when he opened ONE eleven ltd. He had already run a successful home improvement company in San Diego for almost 20 years. This Las Vegas full design-build company holds licenses in Nevada and California. He studied architecture and design at The Denver Institute of Technology in Denver, and at the New School of Art & Architecture in San Diego, California.
With his formal training in architecture, Leverett handles the architectural designs on which his elegant remodeling projects are based. His designs are distinctive and take inspiration from modern art and architecture. Leverett also specializes in universal design, and for personal reasons; In 2005, he was involved in a motocross accident that left him almost paralyzed. He is adept at designing kitchens that accommodate wheelchairs and other assistive devices.
Price tags for remodels by ONE eleven ltd., are steep, often between $100k and $500k. The firm serves Henderson, Summerlin, The Lakes, North Las Vegas, and Summerlin South. Its BBB rating is A+.
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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 ltd, they provide more than a service. They offer compassion, education and understanding because they’ve personally experienced the frustrations and challenges connected with disabilities.
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The multifaceted team at ONE eleven ltd. is the brainchild of Eddie Leverett, a custom home improvement contractor with licenses in both California and Nevada. Leverett ran a successful contracting firm in San Diego for 19 years before he relocated to Vegas in 2016. He received degrees in design and architecture from The Denver Institute of Technology and the New School of Art & Architecture in San Diego, California.
ONE eleven ltd. does architectural design and general contracting, with special focus on bathroom remodeling. All of Leverett’s designs reveal his unique creativity. Many bathroom remodel projects by Leverett show his expertise for universal design, which he developed after a motocross accident in 2005 left him almost paralyzed. The experience motivated him to explore new building techniques to help those who are physically challenged or wheelchair-bound. Some of his remodeling projects have cost up to $500k. ONE eleven ltd. handles projects throughout Henderson, Paradise, Summerlin, The Lakes, North Las Vegas, and Summerlin South. Its rating with the BBB is A+.
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The owners of this Las Vegas-based kitchen wanted to infuse new life into their bland (by Las Vegas standards), outdated space. They also wanted to create a better flow that was conducive to entertaining guests.
Eddie Leverett Jr. of the Las Vegas design/build firm ONE eleven ltd. worked closely with the homeowners to design a sleek and modern kitchen for entertaining as well as provide additional storage, an unobtrusive power/docking station and a statement piece to anchor the room. In order to achieve this, Leverett Jr. completely removed everything in the kitchen so as to be able to start from scratch. He incorporated full-height, full-depth frameless SOLLiD Cabinetry in Aspen Oak, which not only provided more storage, but also created clean lines with a modern look. In place of wall cabinets, Leverett Jr. put in a frosted and glass mirror tile backsplash selected by the owners to serve as a focal point. The appliances were placed strategically for a more efficient layout. The extended counter space installed allowed for an undercounter beverage cooler, and the extended island created additional seating – perfect for entertaining purposes. To take full advantage of all available space, on one side of the island, a semi-custom canned food storage cabinet was installed while the other side was equipped with 15″ roll-out drawers; Rev-A-Shelf’s Lazy Susan helped facilitate easy corner storage. Initially, the undercounter lighting was not as low-profile as the homeowners would have liked, so Leverett Jr. instead incorporated LED strip lighting on the bottom side of the cabinet set in stainless steel channels, mimicking hardware. Finally, an inconspicuous docking station was placed in a corner cabinet, so that it could be hidden from view when not in use yet still be easily accessible.
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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:
Renovations for diversifying a home within the existing walls and exterior grounds can range from but are not limited to:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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, $$$ dollar signs and naturally, one tends to reach for the bid with the lowest dollar value, a tempting option for sure but this is generally when and where catastrophes transpire. Simply remember, weigh the risks, compare apples to apples and resist from stopping at price alone.
What does it mean to compare Apples to Apples? This essential element when determining the accuracy of a bid is comparing and contrasting the entire scope of work plus materials; one must level the playing field when measuring the proposals for exactness. A few areas for strong consideration when assessing the bids beyond prices are: Is the plan of action the same? Is the scope of work detail the same? Which materials are each of the Las Vegas contractors utilizing? How do they apply the materials? Are the project elements lined out in the order in which they will occur, eliminating confusion?
Once the bids have been collected, you may ask yourself, “How is one quote so much lower than the others?” The ideology here goes back to comparing Apples to Apples. Below is a list of why one Las Vegas Contractor may have captivating numbers:
ONE eleven ltd. is a Las Vegas Universal Design Build Remodel Company that receives plenty of calls from homeowners that have been taken advantage of by irresponsible contractors and sees first hand “Why you should NEVER go with the lowest bidder” when it comes to your construction projects. We agree it is difficult at times to see beyond the $$$ 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.
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
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