NAHB Remodelers announced earlier this month 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). Two categories of award winners were acknowledged:
Major Space winner: Nancy Schnur, ASID, CAPS, owner of Universal Interiors, LLC in Kailua, Hawaii. Schnur earned the award for her redesign of a wheelchair-bound client’s house. The project featured aging-in-place elements throughout the home, including a significant elevation adjustment to the kitchen countertops.
Single Space winner: Barb Mueller, AKDB, CAPS, owner of Designs Anew in Houston, Texas. Mueller was honored for a remodeled kitchen in the home of an older couple, one of whom has very limited mobility. Mueller’s design strategy centered on making the appliances more accessible and easier to use.
“The Homes for Life award-winning projects exemplify innovative home design that prioritizes safety and style,” said NAHB Remodelers Chairman Tim Shigley, CAPS, CGP, CGR, GMB, GMR, of Wichita, Kan. “Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists are trained to transform a house into a home for a lifetime with custom solutions for any age and ability.”
CAPS is a designation for 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. Those improvements help the home owners live in their homes more safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age or ability level.
To learn more about the significance of the CAPS designation, visit nahb.org.