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Lifelong Housing Design: Options and costs for upgrading your current home

March 14, 2011
9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Presenters:
Lyn Bruin, Housing Studies Associate Professor, College of Design, University of Minnesota
Jodi Riha, Masters Student, College of Design, University of Minnesota
Diane Sprague, Lifetime Home Project
Ron Peterson, Residential Energy Auditor, ENERVISION
Steve Johnson, Sustainable Resources Center

Goldstein Museum
1985 Buford Ave #33
Saint Paul, MN 55108-6134

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Jim and Maria, a fictional couple in their mid 60s, want to refurbish their 1960s home so they can continue to enjoy their active, engaged lifestyle into their 80s. What can they do? The University of Minnesota’s Goldstein Museum is displaying their refurbished Smart House for visitors to tour.

In this forum, a museum curator will narrate a one-hour, hands-on tour of the house. An interactive exhibit will provide options for retrofitting existing entrances to homes. Presentations will address ways to upgrade a home to meet evolving needs, the costs of these remodels, and suggestions on how to get started.

The Goldstein Museum is on the 2nd floor of McNeal Hall on the Saint Paul campus of the University of Minnesota. Park at the Gortner Ramp, 1395 Gortner Avenue, at a rate of $3 per hour, up to a daily maximum of $12. Or park for a daily rate of $3.75 at the State Fair grounds, a 5- to 10-minute walk uphill to McNeal Hall. To learn about parking or how to get to the U, click here. Public transportation is also available through Metro Transit.

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