Homes for Life Awards Recognize Top Remodeling Projects

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NAHB Remodelers recently announced the winners of its annual Homes for Life awards during the 2019 International Builders' Show. The awards recognize exceptional remodeling projects that effectively incorporate aging-in-place and universal design. The awards acknowledged winners in five categories: Kitchen Remodel: Jenni Finnigan, CAPS, of Unbounded Spaces, and Amie Faust of Half Dozen Designs in Denver, Colo. Their clients were in their 50s and in good health. However, they wanted the greatest flexibility from their new kitchen to accommodate their changing needs as they grew older. Finnigan and Faust made several major changes to the kitchen, including adding more space, integrating easy-reach elements, moving the laundry room, and creating open sight lines and more light. Whole House/Multi-Room Remodel: Bonnie J. Lewis, CAPS, Allied ASID, Associate IIDA of 55+ TLC Interior Design in Scottsdale, Ariz. Lewis' client urgently needed a private, wheelchair-accessible suite within the footprint of her new home to accommodate her father's mobility needs. Lewis created a comfortable home environment that helps make daily activities much easier for her client's father, who also suffers from Alzheimer's, enabling him to live at home with loved ones rather than moving into an assisted-living community. Multi-Generational Remodel: Dave Myllymaki of ReNews Creations in Vancouver, Wash. The clients wanted to create a space for an aging family member that would allow her to have both independence and inclusion in their home. They also wanted the addition to their home to tie in seamlessly and add value. The finished project did just that, and included a living space with a modified kitchen, large bedroom, and a bathroom that serves the family member's current needs, and can easily adapt to changing needs in the future. Bath Remodel: Bonnie J. Lewis, CAPS, Allied ASID, Associate IIDA of 55+ TLC Interior Design in Scottsdale, Ariz. Lewis' 65-year-old client didn’t have any mobility problems or disabilities but wanted her current house to be her forever home. One of the ways Lewis implemented universal design was by creating a customized, shorter vanity. The design makes daily activities easier and more comfortable than did the existing 42-inch-high vanities. Best Overall CAPS Design: Iris Chadab, CAPS, NKBA, of Windows to the Walls Interiors in Alexandria, Va. Chadab's client had limited mobility while recovering from a broken hip and she wanted to address her current needs as well as accommodate her changing needs as she aged. So Chadab turned an existing hallway bathroom into a second master bathroom with a zen-like atmosphere and all the elements of aging-in-place and universal design. CAPS is a designation for remodelers, general contractors, designers, architects, health care professionals and many others. Those who have a CAPS designation have been taught the strategies and techniques for designing and building aesthetically pleasing, barrier-free living environments to help home owners live in their homes more safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age or ability level. To learn more about the value of the CAPS designation, visit

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