Baby boomers are returning by the hundreds each month and they’re looking for a change of venue. They’re likely empty-nesters living in homes too big for their current needs with lawns their aging knees don’t feel like mowing. The new trend in the baby boomer generation is to sell out of a traditional home and move into a condo. Condos are smaller, require less maintenance, and have little or no yard to take care of.
Baby boomers downsizing
Adam Wertheimer, a project manager with BOWA, a Bethesda-based home design and remodeling company, said, "People are moving out of these single family homes in Bethesda and Potomac and into condos in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and Northwest D.C. We hear the same thing all the time: They don’t want the maintenance and they don’t need the big house."
Location of condos is key for aging population
With this growing market of interested buyers, condo builders are shaking things up by building lines of "luxury" condos. These condos target the older demographic by including easy access to parking and elevator access to upper floors. The condos are located in central areas with shopping in easy walking distance.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s American Housing Survey found that "almost 10 percent of households age 55 and older in cities lived in condos in 2011, up from 7.3 percent in 2005 despite a shortage of condos."
Condo renovation poses challenges
Condo renovation is rising in popularity as well. At one time thought to be impossible, home owners have discovered that many condo developments allow certain types of changes, like shifting walls, replacing fixtures, or repainting. Condo renovation poses a challenge to contractors, however, because they have condo development rules to abide by. The walls between units can’t be touched and some systems, like plumbing, can’t be relocated.
Newer condos require less work
New condo buildings don’t require much work, Wertheimer said. Most of his business in luxury condos comes from buildings that are 5 to 10 years old. "A lot of companies try to get into condo renovation and struggle because they’re not used to dealing with building management," he went on. "But we’ve seen a huge surge in people who don’t want their unit to look like the other units in the building and who are looking for their unit to function in specific ways."
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From the time cavemen discovered fire, we’ve used heat to not only cook our food but keep ourselves warm during the harsh, cold nights. Throughout the generations, we learned to hone fire to our will, even so much as to gather heat from something other than flames. It’s through this intuitive nature that we created what we know today as the modern home baseboard radiator. This is a brief history of home radiators and their evolution over the generations.
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Baseboard heaters are great for heating your home and making it comfortable for you to live in; however, not all models are equipped for efficiency. This is especially the case if your home has an electric baseboard heater, as they could use more energy than you intend. To save some money while maintaining a comfortable home, learn how to bring down your baseboard heating bill.
Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" (188 mm) will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" (238 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" (140 mm – 172 mm) will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" (191 mm – 222 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines. Just measure your overall desired height, subtract 1", drill a hole, preferably in a stud and attach it to the wall with the included screw.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers. Just use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate. To install, slide up from the bottom and make sure the top is at your desired height. Screw to the wall, then bend the front finger up to hold the fin tube in place.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,
you’re ready to order.