aging in place

Sean Kirkham grew up in the home building industry, watching his grandfather build custom homes. The time and detail his grandfather put into his strenuous work didn’t go unnoticed by the impressionable young man. But years later when his grandfather was fighting a battle with cancer, Sean felt the strain of watching his once-active loved one struggle to get around his own house while aging-in-place.

“Working in the industry, there’s a lot of wear and tear on your body,” Sean says. “Knee and hip replacements, and that sort of thing. But he was fine at home. It wasn’t until my grandfather’s diagnosis and getting further along in treatment that his muscles became weak. He just couldn’t get around the house very well.”

Sean’s mother Deborah stepped up to help her own mom, who was already struggling with Parkinson’s, take care of her ailing father. But Deborah and her son Sean were suddenly thrust into the unfamiliar world of caretaking.

“We felt so uninformed about it,” Sean says. He and the family started looking into possible solutions, evaluating whether the elderly duo would have to move out of their home to somewhere that’s easier to navigate with limited mobility.

“We’re all thinking we gotta do something, move them, or do something around the house because we’re worried sick about them injuring themselves,” he says. “But they weren’t ready to move to assisted living. They wanted to live in the home their children grew up and where they built their lives.” (more…)

jeffrey green

In our ongoing series, Interview with an Architect, we speak with leading voices in the North Texas architecture community and learn about their work, development issues in our community, and good design practices and principals (you can read the last one here).

Jeffrey L. Green sees artistry in a home renovation, finding “the potential in what is existing and breathing new life into a home that many might not consider salvageable.”

Jeffrey Green, AIA

Jeffrey Green, AIA

This is something he practices as Vice President of Architectural Interior Design and Construction Administrator at Dallas-based PBH Construction.

PBH Construction is his family’s business, and Green helped with many projects before joining in 2009. His design and build experience includes new constructions, rebuilds, and renovations of single-family and multi-family residential homes, as well as commercial, retail, and institutional spaces.

In addition to older homes, Green is passionate about older people—namely, helping them build or re-create their homes so they can age in place. This is a big topic in the architecture community now largely because of the 76.4 million Baby Boomers, the oldest of whom will turn 70 this year.

Green is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS), which makes him part of the growing dialogue on how to manage aging issues like a home’s livability for older Americans. He says this is just good design practice for all people.

“Ultimately, you want a home that is welcoming and accessible to all residents and guests,” Green said.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from Baylor University, and his Master of Architecture degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. While attending Baylor, Green completed a cooperative program, studying one year at Washington University’s Architectural Studio in St. Louis, Mo.

Green began his career with The Preston Partnership, LLC in Atlanta. He was responsible for site planning and due diligence, schematic design and graphic visualization, 2D- and 3D-rendering development, and more.

Green’s talent for design has earned him several recognitions, including a Rosser International Fellowship Award, a winner of the 2000-2001 Otis/ACSA International Student Design Competition in Istanbul, Turkey, and a Presidential Scholarship Award.

He answered eight questions from us about his work, trends in the architectural community, modern design, and Dallas. We learned a lot!

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H&M Interior Design

Residential interior design by Hugh Scarbrough and Marissa Marmolejos, owners of H & M Interior Design in Dallas. All photos: Courtesy of the designers, except where noted

Great ideas flourish with creative collaboration. One dynamic partnership between two Dallas-based interior designers is fostering a fresh and inspired approach to design.

H&M Interior Design

Hugh Scarbrough, ASID, RID, and Marissa Marmolejos, ASID, RID, owners of H & M Interior Design. Photo: Gordon Ball

Marissa Marmolejos and Hugh Scarbrough just celebrated their first anniversary together as H & M Interior Design. They were brought together by a shared love of design, a love for others, and an honest desire to make a difference in their clients’ lives.

Marmolejos and Scarbrough specialize in high-end residential design, new construction, and remodels. The firm’s projects span diverse designs, approaches, and styles because of their steady focus on client lifestyle.

“Lot of designers have a particular style and you can walk in and know exactly who did it,” Marmolejos said. “Hugh and I feel it’s important to listen to the client and design for the client in their space and their home. Residential design is so personal—we put an emphasis on our client’s lifestyle and how they live with their family.”

This approach resonates with clients and H&M Interior Design is thriving. Marmolejos and Scarbrough have completed design jobs around the country, including a nursery in New York City, a highrise condo in Denver, and a contemporary desert home in Palm Desert, California. In North Texas, they’re engaged in both commercial and residential projects, doing everything from a Richardson remodel to helping a client downsize to a new home in Preston Hollow.

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