Homes for Life Awards Honor Excellence in Aging-in-Place Remodeling

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Congratulations to Larry Taff and Monarcha Marcet, both of whom are Certified Aging in Place Specialists, on winning Homes for Life Awards, which recognize excellent remodeling work for aging-in-place and universal design. The awards were presented on Oct. 17 at the NAHB Remodelers’ annual gala during the 2013 Remodeling Show in Chicago. Marcet, of Adventure in Building, Inc. in Orlando, Fla., won in the Single Space remodel category with a kitchen for meals that can now be prepared and enjoyed by all family members in a multigenerational household, including an adult who uses a wheelchair. In addition to opening the kitchen floor plan and installing strategic lighting and easy maintenance finishes, the remodel includes a sink and cooktop installed on lifts that raise and lower independently so that the entire family can now work in the kitchen at the same time.

Taff, of TZ of Madison, Inc. in Madison, Wis., earned the Major Space remodel honors for developing a single-level addition to a split-level home which added wheelchair access to a bath, living space, kitchen and the outdoors that helped bring a family member back from a nursing home. A screened porch and deck allow the home owners to continue gardening, and a bathroom with a roll-in shower, pocket door and roll-in sink complement the living space on the same level.

“These innovative remodels by Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists exemplify great design by blending style and function,” said NAHB Remodelers Chairman Bill Shaw, GMR, GMB, CGP, a remodeler from Houston, Texas. “The Homes for Life award winners transformed their clients’ homes with tailored solutions for each person’s abilities that enhanced the home’s aesthetic.”

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