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Photos: Ken Vaughan

[Editor’s note: A version of this story was originally published in the May 2012 issue of enLIGHTenment. Reproduced with permission.]

Bruce Graf has had his share of unusual requests such as a bedroom that incorporates a wood porch and screen door; and an outdoor patio cover designed to look like a giant butterfly.

In fact, you might have even admired his work in the Dallas Market Center, where he has installed unique displays over the years. For example, he was hired to build a loveseat that resembled Marilyn Monroe’s lips for a themed showroom at market.

Residential renovation, however, is his passion.

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This bland kitchen didn’t fit the homeowners personalities at all, but because of great timing and flawless execution, Bruce Graf was able to transform it into a stylish space perfect for holiday entertaining.

By Diane Feffer
Special Contributor

It’s time to start thinking about the holiday season, and whether your kitchen and living areas are ready to play host. We met up with Bruce Graf, a home remodeler with 30-plus years of experience. He explains why July is the perfect month to start planning your home remodel project, so that you can gather family in your newly renovated kitchen by the holidays.

CandysDirt.com: Why is July a great month for planning a remodel?
Bruce Graf: Quite simply because the quality design process takes several weeks. By starting in July, it’s probable that your actual remodel could begin in September and be finished by November.

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Bruce Graf says that aging-in-place can be stylish with key updates in often-used rooms, such as master suites.

A survey recently released by the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business polled 1,000 people ages 50 to 80 years old. Only about 1 in 5 respondents to the survey had any plan to remodel their homes or incorporate technology to help them as they age, and yet, the vast majority (96 percent) of respondents said they want to remain independent while they grow older, and 91 percent said they wanted to stay in their own home, commonly referred to as ‘aging-in-place.’

Bruce Graf, a nationwide renovation consultant with over 32 years of experience and a Baby Boomer himself, scoffs at these survey results.

“It’s funny, people will spend $50,000 for a car. This is something with a relatively short life and depreciates the very second it’s driven off the car lot,” Graf said. “However, they think twice about spending that amount on their home, a place they could spend the next 30 years in easily, and it appreciates greatly.”

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Interior designer Susie Samuels and home remodeler Bruce Graf teamed up to re-design an upstairs suite that was suited to a teenager as well as a couple who wished to age-in-place. In the master bedroom, Samuels and Graf used reclaimed barn wood in the tray ceiling for added visual impact.

By Diane Feffer
Special Contributor

Last year before the holidays, Kennedale homeowners Stephanie and Greg Mulkey were enjoying their son’s passage through high school.

“We thought  that one of the best tangible gifts we could give him would be a ‘man cave’ where he could experience some daily ‘down time’ after high school,”said the Mulkeys.

They enlisted the help of  interior designer Susie Samuels and home remodeler Bruce Graf. Both professionals worked together to showcase the Mulkeys’ collected treasures and weave those into a renovated upstairs suite infused with a casual country design. Susie reminded the Mulkeys that these four years of high school will fly by fast and that the college years would zip by at lightning speed.

“Bruce and I envisioned a sustainable design that would go beyond high school and college years. We wanted the suite to be fun for their teenage son now and transition into a weekend destination as he bridged over to adulthood. We also included elements of aging-in-place, such as walk-in showers and low lit counter space which brings added value to their investment should the Mulkeys want to enjoy the upstairs suite in their later years, said Susie.

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