PRESS RELEASE: Everstead helps Kansas City residents stay in their homes longer
LEE’S SUMMIT, MO – October 15, 2020 – Everstead (formerly RES) has launched a new service to design and remodel homes that people can enjoy for a lifetime. Many people are rethinking their living arrangements, especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Issues of space, safety, mobility, and intergenerational living are challenging, but Everstead helps their clients find solutions that are beautifully designed.
Even before the pandemic, Theresa Voiss, Lead Designer at Everstead noticed a trend in her clients’ design needs. “People in their 50s are coming to Everstead to design their forever home. Many have looked for an existing house but could not find the perfect plan, so they have chosen to build what they want. It is usually with the idea of having a beautiful home now that also meets their future needs so they can avoid living in an assisted living facility”.
Professional Engineer and Owner of Everstead, Bradley Huxol, agrees that they could fill this design need for area families.
The design team includes designers, engineers, and an occupational therapist with CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialty) certification. Having an occupational therapist on board helps to plan for common future needs and enhances recommendations for lighting, fixtures, mobility, safety, and other design features.
In a collaborative design process, the design team meets with the client in person or virtually to discuss the client’s needs and wants. They incorporate universal design principals, such as wider hallways, wider doorways, zero entry showers, and larger bathrooms, so people of all ages can live together and easily function in their home. The solutions vary from renovations to additions to complete new home designs.
The costs for services vary according to the scope of the design project, but they are competitive to a standard architectural design and include fully engineered plans which are ready for permit.
If meeting in person, the Everstead team follows PPE and social distancing guidelines as recommended by the CDC.
Everstead was established in 2007. Universal Design and Aging in Place are the newest services provided by Everstead. Everstead is an engineering consulting firm that provides a wide variety of services for the residential industry including new construction, structural and foundation troubleshooting of existing homes, home additions, renovations, new home design and design services. They service homeowners, realtors, contractors, and builders.