Pinnacle Poetker Residence 075 300x235Many of us who have lived in the same home for a good portion of our lives at one point or another find ourselves at a crossroads questioning whether we should renovate or make a move and start new.

Have you found yourself  pondering lately how quickly the years have flown by and why what seemed like it was just the latest decorating trend now seems so out of date? Perhaps it is the floor plan that no longer seems to make sense (or perhaps never did!) or simply no longer fits your family’s current lifestyle needs? Maybe you are thinking it is time to downsize? Do you have a long wish list of desires generated from visiting a friend’s new home or a show home, watching a home makeover show or flipping through your favourite home magazine that all together represents your dream home?

Whatever the case may be that has left you questioning the need for a change, each scenario brings with it a set of complicating variables. Purchasing a new home could mean leaving your current home that holds sentimental value filled with years of fond memories; leaving the beauty of an established neighborhood; letting go of the perfect lot (they just don’t make ‘em like they used to!); or saying goodbye to close neighbours or community amenities that you enjoy. On the other hand, the thought of surviving a harrowing renovation project in which disaster stories abound, may not seem appealing either?

If a renovation seems like the preferred choice, there are many ways in which you can avoid the common pitfalls, arming yourself with the right information so you can create a renovation plan that fits your family just right.

A great place to start is the Creating Homes For Life Seminar , less than two weeks away! Alongside Pinnacle Group, our colleagues from BMO, BMO Nesbitt Burns, Phase One Design and Mount Royal’s Studies In Aging Program will also be presenting.  This event will be filled with jam packed information for those of you at this crossroads, wondering exactly what is the best solution for your aged home.

One of the topics covered in this seminar will be Aging In Place. For the baby boomer generation in particular, it makes sense that future lifestyle requirements are taken into consideration when renovating or custom building a home to ensure the homeowners can live in their home for as long as possible. This could mean building wider doorways, lower riser heights on stairs, ‘0’ threshold heights, curbless showers or stairway lift rough-ins. For some people only small changes are required in their home to accomodate Aging in Place. 

One of Pinnacle Group’s valued clients has graciously agreed to participate in this seminar and share first hand her Pinnacle renovation experience which included incorporating many Aging In Place initatives. If any of you attended our 2011 Fall Reno Tour in Willowpark last year, you will be familiar with the project we will be highlighting in our presentation.

For a great video recap on the scope of this project on our Youtube channel click here:

Pinnacle Group October 2011 Willowpark Reno Tour

If you would like more information on how you can renovate or build your custom dream home without compromising your nest egg, attend the Creating Homes For Life Seminar at the Chestermere Recreation Centre from 9am-12pm on Saturday February 25th, 2012.

For more information and to RSVP for this informative event check out the Creating Homes For Life Website . We look forward to seeing you there!

For those of you that attended our Fall Reno Tour of this residence, we welcome your feedback on our blog as to what you thought of the project!