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Our 2018 National Association of the Remodeling Industry Contractor of the Year award-winning project for Universal Design was recently featured in the Tampa Bay Times.

The Project

Instead of touring nursing homes as they age, our clients will simply move next door to their current two-story home into the guest house built by Strobel Design Build. The guest house, which is a miniature version of their current home, is fully handicap accessible and was built with our Universal Design standards in place. 

The couple, who both have insight into nursing homes and assisted living facilities due to their career paths, decided together that that was not the route they wanted to take as they got older. Instead, they decided to purchase the small house next door to their current home, tear it down, and start from scratch.

Strobel Design Build President Mark Zdrojewski was able to help bring this couple’s vision to life and understand their need for Universal Design because of his educational background. Mark has a Master’s Degree in Aging and Neuroscience from the University of South Florida College of Medicine and previously worked in research labs at the USF Center of Excellence in Aging and Brain Repair, as well as the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute. Mark has brought this knowledge to Strobel Design Build and applies it to the company’s building practices, especially in ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant homes.

The team at Strobel Design Build constructed a guest house that will allow the couple to remain in their neighborhood as they get older, with the idea that caregivers or family will move into the main house where they are currently living. One of the main benefits, according to the couple, is “knowing that you’re going to be taken care of and in a place you want to be and not have to be uprooted and put in an assisted living facility or nursing home.”

The Future of Nursing Homes

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused isolation from families and widespread death at nursing homes, the option to age in place is becoming more and more appealing. Our clients were ahead of the game, and this project was completed in 2019. The couple can now have the peace of mind that they will be able to age comfortably in their own home, and not have to navigate finding and moving into a nursing home in the years to come.

Contact Strobel Design Build

The team at Strobel Design Build is dedicated to providing the best quality of work for all of our clients, and making our clients’ dream homes a reality. If you are ready to get started on your home remodeling project, contact the team at Strobel Design Build today.