April 20, 2020

Custom Kensington 1.5-story Plan

These photos from a just-finished custom Kensington plan will WOW you! This client chose many fabulous, unique finishes including beam ceiling detail, Honed quartz, custom tile, custom closets and so much more. Selections can make all the difference in making a home your own. Light fixtures, tile, they all can capture and create your sense of style.

This home has a stunning 2-story entry, the master on the main level and a loft living area on the upper level. Large drop area/mud room and large walk-in closets. Lots of room to expand in the lower level.

We can build this or any of our plans with your specialized selections. Call today to start planning your home. 402.672.5550 #buildalandmark #kensington #floorplan #homebuilder #masteronmain #newconstruction #homedecor #omahabuilder

April 16, 2020

Many Options for Fieldstone Ranch Plan

Photos from our custom Fieldstone ranch plan we just built for a customer. This new plan has so many flexible options to make your own. This customer built the same plan, but it looks so different from ones built by other customers

. They added a flex room for an office or guest room. They also modified the laundry, pantry, drop area and powder bath configuration. Let us help you with your unique, perfect home design! This plan starts at $350K with lot included. Call to start planning! 402.672.5550 #buildalandmark #newconstruction #ranch #floorplan #omahabuilder

March 17, 2020

Introducing Fieldstone Ranch Plan

Introducing Landmark’s innovative new Fieldstone Plan! With unlimited, flexible options for your lifestyle this plan boasts soaring ceilings in the great room adjacent a large kitchen. Unique plan offers a flex or bedroom off the back of the home for best views! Make this plan uniquely yours today – let us know what look or idea you want to select! This plan starts at $350K with lot included. Call to find out more! 402.672.5550 #buildalandmark #newcosntruction #ranch #floorplan #omahabuilder

March 2, 2020

Villa for Sale in Waterford!

Don’t miss this Landmark Gold Point Series home currently for sale. 14451 Read St. Gorgeous villa on large corn

er lot. Open kitchen to great room w/ stone fireplace. Kitchen has quartz counters, maple cabinets, wood flooring and SS appliances. Large master w/ spacious bath near laundry room. Enjoy view from covered patio! Located in prestigious Waterford area w/ lake, trails, 2 pools, clubhouse & fitness center. Villa association takes care of your lawn, snow and trash services. Ready to occupy. $309,934 Call to set up a showing 402.672.5550 #buildalandmark #homeforsale #moveinready #villa #maintenancefreeliving #lakeliving

February 24, 2020

Why You Should Be Installing “Aging In Place” Features Into Your Custom Home

According to the U.S. census, there are around 47 million citizens over sixty-five living in the United States. That’s roughly 14.5% of our entire population. The baby boomer generation, the second-largest age group in our nation’s history, has around 73 million people total. As they continue to enter their sixties, seventies, and eighties, the conversation surrounding long term care and where they’ll retire and live continues.  

Here’s the thing, only around 3% of senior citizens live in nursing homes. And statistics show that, as a society, our life expectancy has increased to approximately 78 years old. Since people are living longer, and aren’t retiring or moving to nursing homes, we must start to consider “aging in place” design for our homes and our parents’ homes.

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What is “Aging in Place” Design?

The CDC’s definition of aging in place is “The ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.”

Essentially, designing a home with “aging in place” features is all about creating a home that allows for safe, comfortable, and independent living. If you plan your home’s design with aging in mind, it’s much more possible to stay in your house, versus moving in with family, a retirement community, or a nursing home.

Experts suggest that you don’t wait until you need these features to incorporate them. Instead, add them to your home in your late forties through your fifties, so that you’ll never have to worry about how you’ll navigate your life as you age.

No one likes to think about aging and what that means, but for most of us, aging will entail some variation of:

  • A Loss of Mobility
  • Decrease in Balance
  • Worsening Vision and Hearing
  • Dexterity Loss in Our Hands
  • More Fragility Overall

So, it’s imperative that you design your home with features that prepare you for the unavoidable effects of aging. Whether you’re interested in “aging in place” design for yourself in the future, yourself now, or you’re interested in helping an elderly family member stay independent, there are several design features to help you or your loved one age with dignity in their space.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Around The Home

There are a few design features that apply throughout your entire home:

  • Keep the floor plan open and obstruction-free.
  • Opt for lever-style doorknobs instead of turn-style doorknobs. They’re much easier to operate.
  • Install adequate lighting and fixtures throughout and opt for LED lights instead of standard bulbs that require frequent changes.
  • You’ll want all the doorways to be at least thirty-six inches wide.
  • Install soft floor like carpet or cork versus hardwood or concrete floors. They’re much safer in case of a fall.
  • Get rid of stairs and long hallways, and instead, go for single-floor layouts.
  • Raise outlets higher up the walls and lower light switches.
  • Also, choose rocker panel light switches, or motion-activated lights, versus a toggle switch.

Electronics

These modern electronics make homes safer and easier to navigate:

  • Stairlifts allow ease of access for multi-floor homes, reducing the risk of falling or tripping in the stairway.
  • Elevators, while a pricey installation, can make multi-floor homes a comfortable, livable reality for aging seniors.
  • Installing security cameras gives access to handheld insights of property safety while providing ease of mind for elderly residents.
  • Emergency buttons in accident-prone areas like bathrooms, kitchens, and living rooms or on-person devices are the most effective way of alerting authorities to emergency situations.

For The Bathroom

The bathroom presents several areas for “aging in place” design features:

  • Have plenty of sturdy grab bars installed around the toilet and shower.
  • In addition to adding seating to the shower, you’ll want to ensure the shower has slip-resistant flooring, like a  solid surface shower base.
  • Ensure that there’s adequate drainage, inside and outside the tub, to prevent slips and falls.
  • Add an automatic flusher to the toilet and anti-scalding temperature controls to the shower.
  • On the topic of the shower, make sure to install an adjustable, and handheld showerhead.
  • Lower at least one sink in the bathroom.

In The Kitchen

For the kitchen, the feature upgrades will depend on how much time you or your loved one spend in the kitchen now.

  • Consider adding a surface for food prep that allows for sitting. A lower height, island on wheels is a perfect solution.
  • Don’t put any cabinets above the stove, as it presents a hazard.
  • Look into appropriately sized appliances (i.e., a lower stove).
  • Install easy-to-open cabinets, pantries, and drawers.

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Why “Aging in Place Design” is Important

The above suggestions are just a few ways to incorporate “aging in place” design. Again, no one wants to think of themselves or their loved ones losing mobility and the ability to live independently. But unfortunately, it’s an inevitable part of life.

At some point, we’ll all come to a place where we can no longer take care of ourselves the way we once did. We’ll be forced to move out of our homes or have long term care. However, making design changes today that consider this fact help avoid this impossible decision in the future.

Instead, if we design our homes and our loved ones’ home, with long term independence in mind, then we can continue to live our lives normally, well into our golden years.

Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the home building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.

 

January 14, 2020

Riviera Ranch Plan

Photos of our Riviera ranch plan featuring an open entry with views to the golf course. Office, flex or dining space plus 2 other bedrooms on main level. Large great room with cozy gas fireplace and offset shelving for display. Open kitchen with SS appliances, quartz counters, wood flooring and huge walk-in pantry with space for 2nd fridge and counter for appliances. Finished lower level features large bar for entertaining, 2 bedroom, media area and more great views to the golf course! Call 402.672.5550 to set up a meeting to work on your custom home plan!

#golfcourseliving #buildalandmark #livewhereyouplay #deercreek #playersclub #newconstruction #homeforsale #ranchhome

January 14, 2020

Street of Dream 2019 Lodge-style Home

We had 2 homes in the 2019 Street of Dreams. These photos are from our beautiful 1.5-story custom, lodge-style home. This flexible floor plan can be built at any size and has options for every budget! This plan starts at $450,000 including lot or the Creative version of this plan starts at $380,000 lot included. We hope to see you at the Street of Dreams, this is the final weekend! For information on this or any of our plans call 402.672.5550 (pricing subject

to change) #streetofdreams #buildalandmark 

January 14, 2020

Modern Custom Brookfield Ranch Plan

Look at these photos of a custom Brookfield ranch home we built for a customer. Wonderful features including custom modern cabinets, unique acrylic counters, creative use of color, great outdoor living with a fireplace on deck and so much more. What can we build together? Call to set up a meeting today! 402.672.5550 #buildalandmark #ranch

home #floorplan #customhome #omahabuilder

November 11, 2019

Move-in Ready, 2-story in Elkhorn!

Photos from a move-in ready Landmark Home for sale! 21407 A St. in Blue Sage Creek in Elkhorn. 2-story, Newport plan with open foyer to den with modern barn doors. Large kitchen with 9′ island with quartz counters. SS appliances and huge WI pantry with prep area. Flex room off the kitchen for more office space or kid’s zone. 4 bedrooms up plus loft! Master bedroom is oversized with spa bath, WI tile shower and huge closet. Walkout lot with cedar decking and aluminum rail. Located in premier neighborhood and within few blocks of new Blue Sage Elementary School. $523,233 Act now! Call to schedule a showing 402.672.5550 #homeforsale #moveinready #newconstruction #buildalandmark

September 30, 2019

Street of Dreams 2019

Landmark was the only builder that had 2 homes featured in MOBA’s 2019 Street of Dreams.

Here are some photos from our Street of Dreams custom home. This home has a modern look with mid-century touches. One-of-a-kind barn door configuration opens to great room and den. Quartz counters in kitchen with gourmet appliances and custom lighting. Unique plan with angled staircase in back of the home. Staircase in the back of the home. Loft family living area and finished lower level with movie area, bar, bedroom, bath and tons of storage. This home retails for $733,125 as built in the Street of Dreams. This is a custom Wyndham plan. The base plan of this home starts at $415,000 on a $50,000 flat lot. We can build many versions of this plan For more details on this home or any of our homes call 402.672.5550. Interior Desingn of this home was done by Tara Soe with Absolute Design Interiors. #buildalandmark #streetofdreams *please note pricing can change without notice.