Advocacy - Expertise - Solutions
We bring an expertise to all types of accessibility modifications and renovations with extensive new construction and remodeling experience along with specialized training in aging-in-place and accessibility issues. We assess, design, contract for and supervise retrofits and renovations both large and small to meet the specific needs of each of our clients.
Simply put, our mission is to enable people to remain in their
homes - at whatever budget level and style they choose, for as
long as they want - safely, comfortably and independently.
In addition to working directly with our clients and their families, we also provide consulting services to the healthcare community, special needs trusts, builders, geriatric care managers and life planners, home health companies, rehab centers. social service agencies, and elder law attorneys to aid them in evaluating needs and designing individualized solutions for their clients.
Susan Luxenberg, Founder and President of HomeSmart LLC, has over 30 years’
experience as a Builder, Designer and Aging-in-Place Specialist.
Susan began her career remodeling multi-family properties
and historic homes in Upstate New York. In that capacity she was awarded the
Mayor’s Rehabilitation Award from the City of Rochester, NY. Her next effort was as a developer of
single family affordable housing where she worked closely with New York State’s
Affordable Housing Corp. and won an American Institute of Architects (AIA)
award for the design of her affordable homes. The scope of Susan’s work
expanded to multi-unit townhome development as well as municipal, commercial
and retail development where among other projects, she has fast-tracked the
build-out of American Eagle stores in varied shopping centers throughout the Northeastern
United States, administered the development and construction of CVS Pharmacies
in Florida, and managed major renovations to Bank of America sites in South
In 2009, recognizing the need many people have to modify their
homes to accommodate aging requirements, Susan became certified as an
Aging-in-Place Specialist through the National Home
Builders’ Association as
well the University of Southern California’s Andrus Gerontology
Department. HomeSmart now specializes in offering accessibility modifications geared
towards people of all ages
with a variety of disabilities.
Susan works with the healthcare community, elder law attorneys, special needs trusts, municipalities, contractors, geriatric care managers, life planners, and private agencies to evaluate needs, design individualized modifications to suit lifestyle and budget, and manage the execution of those modifications. HomeSmart's client list includes BNY Mellon Bank, Northern Trust Bank, Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service, Make a Wish Foundation, The City of Coconut Creek, Alpert Jewish Family and Children's Services, Coral Gables Trust, Wells Fargo Bank,, along with private clients of all ages and lifestyles. Projects have ranged from the design and construction of a 1500 sq ft addition for a special needs child to the re-design and renovation of a kitchen for a senior with limited mobility.
Susan has been recognized for the design and construction of both
upscale and moderate residential renovations and additions. She adds to her
accomplishments being a skilled public speaker on topics such as 55+ housing
trends, incorporating universal design in your new home, aging gracefully at home, and successfully
selecting and working with contractors. She
has spoken at home shows, to professional groups and to community and
neighborhood organizations. Susan has also authored and published Fearless Remodeling: A Planning
Guide for the Homeowner.
Kristina Chew,OTR/L, has been an Occupational Therapist for the past 20 years, working with clients in various rehabilitation facilities. She brings to the team her experience in assessment of cognition, safety awareness, and physical abilities including strength, range of motion, and balance. Kristina offers a personalized and holistic evaluation to enhance the quality of life for clients with immediate needs in their home, or for those planning for the future to enable them to stay in their home as long as possible.
Toll Free: 888-464-6110
South Florida: 561-699-6079