We specialize in taking a design concept from a property owner and turning it into a reality. From small projects that compliment a room to large additions that change the architectural foot print of your home. If you need help with deciding what you want in a remodel, Keystone Creative can sit down a help you visualize options for a design and build a budget for your project. We are always flexible in our design approach even in the construction phase. Our goal is to create an enjoyable experience during the remodeling process and to build your confidence in Keystone Creative.
Keystone Creative is a full service Design/Build remodeler specializing in Kitchens and Baths.
We also do:
Outdoor Living Spaces
Keystone Creative offers Detailed Cost Proposals and 3-D Design
We are flexible to meet budget concerns and mid project changes. If something comes up, we're happy to work with you
Construction can be dirty and messy. We make it our business to protect your home. We work hard to maintain a professional job site; keeping your home as clean and safe as possible during remodeling. We understand how hard it is to live in your house while someone's working on it and we make every effort to minimize the intrusion into your life.
We're also time sensitive for the same reasons. We won't get the work done in a day, but we'll work to insure you receive the quality workmanship you expect.
Willing to speak about all areas of the project
Open to hear concerns during the project
Detailed Cost Proposals - client will know where the money is spent
Variety of ways to communicate for client's convenience: mobile phone, e-mail or text. We will make ourselves available to discuss your project in a way that's convenient for you
Written Contractor Agreement helps everyone understand what is expected from each other.
Communicating with you and knowing your family’s schedule is essential to the success of your project. We will walk you through the different stages you will encounter during the duration of your project, converse with you and visit your site on a regular basis to ensure you receive quality workmanship.
We are licensed where needed and fully insured.
If your looking to remodel your home and go "green" at the same time, Keystone Building and Design can help.
Remodeling, by its very nature, is "green" in that you are reusing and improving existing infrastructures. After that, remodeling green calls on many of the same products and techniques as any other green building process.
What is green building?
Is it energy efficient?
Does it improve indoor air quality?
Are we conserving our resources?
What's our footprint on the planet?"
A green home pays attention to energy efficiency, measures to protect indoor air quality, water and resource conservation, and the use of sustainable or recycled products. Remodeling is an opportunity to create a home that enhances the environment, instead of depleting it. With your green remodel project, you can be more resource efficient, minimize waste, and recycle what’s left over to reduce the amount of materials ending up in landfills.
Improving Energy Efficiency
Energy-efficient windows, doors, and skylights can help lower a home's heating, cooling, and lighting costs.
Windows, and water heating systems will likely have ENERGY STAR ratings. The home should also include efficient lighting fixtures and bulbs. Renewable energy sources, such as solar panels (photovoltaic electricity) and water heating systems, further decrease the overall energy consumption within the home.
Windows provide our homes with light, warmth, and ventilation, but they can also negatively impact a home's energy efficiency. You can reduce energy costs by replacing existing windows with energy-efficient windows in your home.
Improving Air Quality
Increased incidence of childhood asthma, allergies, and even multiple chemical sensitivity (a phenomenon where a person becomes highly sensitized to a variety of chemical irritants) emphasizes the need for healthy indoor environments. Airtight houses save energy, but without proper ventilation and careful avoidance of toxic and irritating building materials, they can compromise indoor air quality.
Indoor air is three times more polluted than outdoor air, and according to the EPA, is considered to be one of the top 5 hazards to human health. Paints and finishes are among the leading causes.
Paints and finishes release low level toxic emissions into the air for years after application. The source of these toxins is a variety of VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds) which, until recently, were essential to the performance of the paint.
Low-VOC paints and finishes and wall papers should be used. Many water based products are more comfortable to work around with low odors and ecological friendly.
Heating, air conditioning and ventilation system (HVAC) must be appropriately sized for an efficient and properly ventilated home. Fans in the kitchen and bathrooms should cycle fresh air inside, and release stale air. Old systems may need to be replaced.
Sustainability is providing for our own needs, and for those of future generations. It means thinking about the impacts of our actions now, and years from now.
By choosing environmentally responsible products, you can protect forests, wildlife, and air and water quality. For every gallon of water or kilowatt-hour of electricity you save, you reduce the amount of carbon dioxide (the greenhouse gas) entering the atmosphere.
Remodel with renewable materials, including rapidly-renewable wood species such as bamboo, and recycled-content materials in carpets, tiles, and concrete formulations.
Keystone Creatice offers wheelchair accessible home remodeling and modifications in Springfield, Missouri and the surrounding area.
We can help with:
Handicap Wheelchair Ramps
Accessible Doors - Entryways need to be widened
Handicap Grab Bars
Make the bathroom handicapped accessible and incorporate universal design which works for everyone.
install grab bars
widen doors - install pocket doors
install walk in tubs
install walk-in shower or roll-in shower
build new closet storage area with shelving within reach
It can be difficult for people in wheelchairs to use standard counters because of the cabinets below. Under counter base cabinets can be removed to provide access to the sink or work area. A pull out or drop leaf shelf can be added for working space. Sliding shelves can be installed in lower cabinets. Electric receptacles, garbage disposal and exhaust fan switches can be moved to the front of the counter or cabinet.
Most walk-in closet doors need to be widened, shelves and rods lowered or adjustable shelving installed; and, usually the light switch must be relocated.
Handicap Accessible Bathroom Remodeling using universal design principles.
Remodeling for accessibility doesn't require sacrificing beauty of design and furnishings. It doesn't have to look like it's been designed for someone in a wheelchair. Designs can be accessible without looking institutional.
Universal Design Remodeling
Universal design is intended to be friendly - or easy to navigate - for anyone.
Steps leading up to the front door in a house that may be bought by a young family or an older couple or a person needing wheelchair access.
It's young mothers with strollers, as well as an aging person who has mobility issues.
Sometimes the smallest detail can have the biggest impact. Whenever possible, we look for ways to apply universal design principles. It becomes a way of thinking that just makes sense.
According to AARP's "Fixing to Stay" study, 60% of respondents who have already modified their home did so to increase the ability to live independently and 55% did so to provide flexibility to adapt to the changing needs of family members. Keystone Creative recognizes how important a person's home is to them and that interest is growing in modifying a home to fit the changing families' needs.
85% of older people (surveyed by the AARP) want to continue living where they are - at home. They want to live well and they want to live comfortably and they want to live in familiar surroundings. This is often called aging in place.
"Aging in Place" and Your Home
The aging process is blamed for many problems seniors may encounter with daily activities. Most often, though, it is the home that creates the difficulties. Most residential housing is geared to young healthy adults. Builders in the past did not take into account age-related conditions such as reduced mobility or limited range of reach. Hence, dwellings do not support the physical and sensory changes that older adults encounter as they age.
Older people are living longer and better - and they will live the best and happiest possible lives in housing that catches up with them. Often aging in place requires home modification - remodeling. In many cases, grab-bars in the bathroom, a ramp up to the front porch, or better lighting in the staircase enable people to stay in their own homes, in their own communities - in their own familiar lives-longer.
Universal design supports this desire to “age in place” by creating homes that facilitate independence/ self-reliance, as well as allow us to recover from illness or injury in the comfort of our own homes rather than in an impersonal institutional setting. Our homes need to be designed to support in-home care giving, which many long term care insurance plans are now covering. Traditional homes are full of unnecessary hazards and barriers to in home care giving. Universal design can be incorporated into new home designs and remodeling projects to provide us with freedom of choice of where we want to live. The savings from deferred institutional living can quickly recoup the cost of incorporating universal design.
Putting universal design principles to work can make your home more livable and comfortable as you get older, and make your home more welcoming to all guests, regardless of age or ability. Universal design is usable by people of all ages and abilities without special adjustments or changes, and it's not just for the handicapped.
Choose Keystone Creative to incorporate universal design principles into your remodeling project.
Universal Design Definition:
The design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.
7 Principles of Universal Remodeling
The 7 Principles of Universal Design were developed in 1997 by a working group of architects, product designers, engineers and environmental design researchers, led by the late Ronald Mace in the North Carolina State University.The purpose of the Principles is to guide the design of environments, products and communications. According to the Center for Universal Design in NCSU, the Principles "may be applied to evaluate existing designs, guide the design process and educate both designers and consumers about the characteristics of more usable products and environments."
Principle 1: Equitable Use
The design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.
1a. Provide the same means of use for all users: identical whenever possible; equivalent when not.
1b. Avoid segregating or stigmatizing any users.
1c. Provisions for privacy, security, and safety should be equally available to all users.
1d. Make the design appealing to all users.
Principle 2: Flexibility in Use
The design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.
2a. Provide choice in methods of use.
2b. Accommodate right- or left-handed access and use.
2c. Facilitate the user's accuracy and precision.
2d. Provide adaptability to the user's pace.
Principle 3: Simple and Intuitive Use
Use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user's experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level.
3a. Eliminate unnecessary complexity.
3b. Be consistent with user expectations and intuition.
3c. Accommodate a wide range of literacy and language skills.
3d. Arrange information consistent with its importance.
3e. Provide effective prompting and feedback during and after task completion.
Principle 4: Perceptible Information
The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user's sensory abilities.
4a. Use different modes (pictorial, verbal, tactile) for redundant presentation of essential information.
4b. Provide adequate contrast between essential information and its surroundings.
4c. Maximize "legibility" of essential information.
4d. Differentiate elements in ways that can be described (i.e., make it easy to give instructions or directions).
4e. Provide compatibility with a variety of techniques or devices used by people with sensory limitations.
Principle 5: Tolerance for Error
The design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions.
5a. Arrange elements to minimize hazards and errors: most used elements, most accessible; hazardous elements eliminated, isolated, or shielded.
5b. Provide warnings of hazards and errors.
5c. Provide fail safe features.
5d. Discourage unconscious action in tasks that require vigilance.
Principle 6: Low Physical Effort
The design can be used efficiently and comfortably and with a minimum of fatigue.
6a. Allow user to maintain a neutral body position.
6b. Use reasonable operating forces.
6c. Minimize repetitive actions.
6d. Minimize sustained physical effort.
Principle 7: Size and Space for Approach and Use
Appropriate size and space is provided for approach, reach, manipulation, and use regardless of user's body size, posture, or mobility.
7a. Provide a clear line of sight to important elements for any seated or standing user.
7b. Make reach to all components comfortable for any seated or standing user.
7c. Accommodate variations in hand and grip size.
7d. Provide adequate space for the use of assistive devices or personal assistance.