Arizona and Louisiana Aging-in-Place Specialists Honored with National NAHB Remodelers Awards

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The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers announced the winners of its annual Homes for Life awards, recognizing excellent remodeling work for aging-in-place and universal design by Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS). The awards were presented at the NAHB Remodelers All-Stars Celebration last night in Orlando during the International Builders’ Show.

Bonnie Lewis, Allied ASID, Associate IIDA, CAPS, owner of 55+ TLC Interior Design LLC in Scottsdale, Ariz., won in the Major Space remodel category. Thomas Ashley Jr., CAPS, CGP, CGR, owner of Expand Inc. in Denham Springs, La., won in the Single Space remodel category.

“Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists are trained to transform a house into a home for a lifetime with custom solutions,” said NAHB Remodelers Chairman Dan Bawden, CAPS, CGP, CGR, GMB, of Houston. “The Homes for Life award-winning projects exemplify innovative home design that prioritizes safety and style for any age or ability.”

Lewis earned the Major Space honors for the redesign of a home’s first floor. The client wanted multi-generational living quarters so his 90-year-old parents with dementia, who are Holocaust survivors, could move in. An ADA-compliant first floor space plan was created complete with a master suite, bathroom with a curb-less shower, wardrobe and hallways, as well as raising a sunken living room to help prevent falls.

Ashley was honored in the Single Space category for a multi-functional sensory room created for a child with autism. Pulling in input from four CAPS designees including interior designers, Expand Inc.’s production team and the child’s occupational therapist, he created a room that is safe and interactive for both the child and his brother. It also serves the parents’ need for storage and it can transform to a pool house as needed. The room was also designed with the child’s future needs in mind and will convert to his living quarters when he is older.

Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists are remodelers, general contractors, designers, architects, health care professionals and others who 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 safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age or ability level. To learn more or to find a CAPS professional in your community, visit

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