Portland remodeling contractor Hammer And Hand partners with nonprofit ReFit to retrofit two Portland homes for wheelchair accessibility ribbon-cutting this Saturday.
Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) July 11, 2012
Hammer And Hand, the Portland remodeling contractor, and ReFit, the home modification nonprofit, announced today two ribbon-cutting ceremonies to take place on Saturday, July 14. The ceremonies will celebrate completion of collaborative, pro bono retrofit projects that made the homes of two wheelchair-bound homeowners safe and accessible.
"The prospect of removing barriers to accessibility can be daunting without significant household financial resources," said Laurey Maslyk, Executive Director of ReFit. "We're grateful to partner with contractors like Hammer And Hand who volunteer their labor, expertise and materials to make retrofit projects like these a reality."
ReFit and Hammer And Hand are both part of a larger movement toward barrier-free living environments and Universal Design. Open floor plans, generous step-less entries, spacious hallways, no-lip showers, varied counter heights and roll-under sinks all remove barriers to the aging and the limitedly mobile and support independent, safe and happy home life. But barrier-free design also makes homes more convenient for all of us.
ReFit focuses on providing home modification services for physically and financially challenged homeowners. Given limited resources, the volunteer group focuses on the retrofit measures that will have the greatest impact on at-home accessibility. In the case of the two recently completed projects by Hammer And Hand, that meant new wheelchair ramps and a bathroom remodel.
"Most of us would never give those three little steps a second thought," said Hammer And Hand lead carpenter Peter Bogart of the entry stairs that prevented wheelchair entry to a client's home. "But now with the ramp Konstantine can come and go from his house on his own, without help."
A detailed story and description of the retrofits for clients Konstantine and Shelley is featured in Hammer And Hand's Field Notes blog at http://hammerandhand.com/_blog/Field_Notes/post/ReFit_and_Hammer_Hand_to_cut_ribbon_on_two_accessible_remodels/
ReFit will host the two ribbon-cutting ceremonies this Saturday, July 14:
10:30am, Shelley's bathroom and ramp retrofit 9120 N Leonard Street, Portland
12:00pm, Konstantine ramp retrofit 2301 SE Caruthers #7, Portland
Both ceremonies are free and open to the public.
More about universal design remodels and retrofits by Hammer And Hand can be found online at http://hammerandhand.com/universal-design. More about ReFit is at http://www.refitportland.org/.
ABOUT HAMMER & HAND
Hammer & Hand is dedicated to stewardship of the built environment through craft and science, everything from traditional kitchen remodels to barrier-free retrofits to modernist Passive House structures. Based in Portland, Oregon, the remodeler and builder can be reached at http://hammerandhand.com or by phone at (503) 232-2447.
Hammer And Hand
1020 Southeast Harrison Street
Portland, OR 97214-4709
Blog Hop Aims to Unify Bloggers to Raise Awareness and Pfister Product Donations for National Nonprofit Rebuilding Together
Lake Forest, Calif. (PRWEB) April 03, 2012
Pfister, a leading manufacturer of kitchen and bath faucets and fixtures, today kicked-off the brands first ever blog hop which aims to unite bloggers in raising awareness and Pfister product donations for Rebuilding Together, a leading nonprofit working to provide free home repairs to American families in need. For each blog that participates in the hop during the month of April (National Rebuilding Month) Pfister will donate one dollar worth of product to Rebuilding Together. Each blogger who adds a post to the blog hop list will also be entered to win one of 20 Pfister faucets being given away at the close of the hop. In addition, Pfister will also donate one dollar worth of product for each new Like on the Pfister Facebook page received during the month of April.
In Aug. of 2005, my life changed forever, said Bridgette Duplantis, creator of the Experimental Mommy blog and The Double Duty Divas blogger network. Hurricane Katrina took my home, my husbands job, my security and mercilessly destroyed my city. In the midst of tragedy, I was comforted by many friends, family and even strangers. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be on the receiving end of such generosity and compassion. Since then, I do my best to give back and I couldnt be happier to call my readers to action this month by hosting Pfisters blog hop to support Rebuilding Together.
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