These aren’t photos of a hip five-star hotel room, these are virtual image renderings for a residence with a new feature. The designer of this project focuses on adapting universal design principles – that is, the creation of environments everyone can use – to the challenges of specialized senior-living design. The virtual image photo is the designer’s signature design but can fit individual needs and budgets for the seniors who would like to redefine their retirement by taking up new activities and interests.
Packed with special features, the designs combine elegant forms with function. You won’t see the bulky grab bars bolted to the walls, but the function is still there.
This home of the future was created by Ventus Design LLC, a local design firm that I’ve been impressed with for some time. Known for creating bold contemporary designs, Ventus is also sensitive to the needs of our aging population. Seniors, or those 65-years and older are an ever increasing part of our population, but just because we’re all getting older doesn’t mean we have to eventually give up our lifestyle and taste. Ventus Design has the perfect solution for those who want to downsize, but still want to enjoy the modern amenities they experienced in their home.
If you want to learn more about how you can enjoy the next phase of your life, please contact me and I can set up a consultation.
Although we technically have seasons in Hawaii, it’s difficult to see the transition from one season to another. There’s no drastic change in temperature, no falling leaves, and no snow. Here we have rain and sun, and sun and rain.
One obvious difference is the change in traffic.
Spring in Hawaii means less cars on commuter roads and more traffic at shopping malls and beaches. School children are out for spring vacation and their parents take time off from work.
After this Easter Sunday, things should get back to normal (meaning more traffic).
As 2012 comes to a close, I would like to thank you all for your support, and for sticking with me.
Looking ahead, 2013 is the Year of the Snake. According to the Japanese Zodiac, people born in the year of the snake are deep thinkers, speak very little and possess tremendous wisdom. They are fortunate in money matters and will always be able to obtain it. They are determined in what they do and hate to fail.
According to Chinese horoscopes, 2013 will be a good year for business and a good year for starting detailed work (research/investigation).
I hope 2013 brings you much joy, success, and happiness!
According to the Pacific Business News, Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network recently registered a business, “Oprah’s Farm LLC” with the Hawaii Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs.
In January, several websites quoted a National Enquirer article that reported that Oprah is considering a move to Hawaii. A source told National Enquirer magazine: “It’s always been a dream of Oprah’s to operate a farm in Maui if her life were ever to slow down.”
“Oprah’s in for the long haul to make OWN a success. But if it doesn’t work out she’s ready to slap on the overalls and start a new life as a farmer in Hawaii.”
Maybe Oprah can host a Hawaii-based talk show in between her farm work?
According to this report by Inman News, Hawaii ranks #8 among 10 U.S. hot spots for global home-buyers. The majority of the markets are recognized as tourist destinations.
The markets in this report were chosen based on the percentage of all homes sold in the area from May 2011 through January 2012 for which a foreign mailing address was listed for the buyer on the property deed.
Canada, the largest source of foreign buyers in the U.S., is experiencing their own real estate boom fueled by foreign investment.