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May 07, 1988 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-05-07

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Traditional to Contemporary

Almet • Arrow • Baldwin • Hager • Wasco •

Hewi • Jack) • Kwikset • Lawrence • Star

Mark • Normbau • Dorma Door Closers

• Feeney • Schiage • K.W.C. • Moen •

Creda • Sub Zero • Paul Associates •

Fusital/Forges • Jenn-Air • Grohe • Kohler

• Valli & Columbo • Everpure • Baldwin

Bath • Delta • Aqua Glass • HomeCrest •

In-Sink-Erator • Steamist • Artistic Brass

• The Broadway Collection • Bormalux

Bathroom Jewelry • Dornbracht •

Bormix 80 • Modern Maid • Frigidaire

• Scotsman • Sanijura • Keuco • Auburn

Brass • F•I•R. • Monarch • Stanley • Broan •

Nutone • Miami Carey • Franklin Brass •

Colonial Bronze •Plexacraft • Koch &

Lowy • Hurd • Bates & Bates • Shulte •

Kroin • Whirlpool • Luwa • Thermacior •

Benchmark • Phylrich • Jacuzzi • Futuristic

• Kitchen-Aid •

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not at all in the plans. Feinberg
recently completed a fabulous
entertainment addition for a cou-
ple who own a traditional Tudor
home in Bloomfield Hills. Their two
sons are now in college and they
wanted to entertain more. The
entertainment center is about 1000
square feet and connects to the
living room and sun room, with
space for 200 people if they want.
"But the house already had over
8000 square feet!" Feinberg ex-
claims. Kitchens are lower on the
list of priorities for empty nesters,
and Feinberg notes only an occa-
sional request. "I talked to one
husband recently who seemed a
bit confused by it all. He said 'I
don't know why we're doing this,
she hasn't cooked a meal at home
in years,' " he says laughing.
Hobbies are another source of
expanded opportunities once the
kids leave the homestead. One
woman took the detached garage
of her existing English Cotswold
styled cottage, and literally raised
the roof, creating the studio for her
oil painting that she'd always
dreamed of. "We put in four
skylights and it is a joy to work in
there each day," she says.
"Empty nesters are typically
people in their mid 40's to mid
50's, and I see many who want to
build a new environment for
themselves rather than trying to
keep memories alive once the
family ceases to exist as a family,"
says one interior designer.
The result? They want to leave
the nest too, and air travel has
helped play a major part in this
phenomenon. A couple of months
in Florida for the bad weather, then
a vacation in an exotic locale of
several weeks' duration seem to
be the norm for more and more
empty nesters.
The most popular solution has
been condominiums and apart-
ments, usually with three
bedrooms, so one can become a
den, and the second can be a
guest room. "There are fewer and
fewer 'grandmother's houses.'
Now it is 'grandmother's condo,'
and it might be that she'll have one

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