Aging-in-Place Modifications Featured in Museum Display

Filed in Design, Education by on December 11, 2017 0 Comments
CAPS sign

The CAPS informational sign is already in place at the National Building Museum.

A new exhibit at Washington’s National Building Museum celebrates the flexibility of modern home design and features the role of the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) in demonstrating how thoughtful, adjustable and beautiful design solutions can help home owners live safely in their own homes.

Making Room: Housing for a Changing America centers on The Open House — a flexible, 1,000-square-foot home designed for the exhibition by architect Pierluigi Colombo. The movable walls and multi-functional furniture allow the space to encompass a variety of today’s diverse households.

Until next February, the exhibition space will be displayed as a home shared by three roommates. Next, the walls will be reconfigured to showcase a multi-generational home and how the space can accommodate that family’s different needs and uses.

In spring 2018, the space will change again to reflect the home of empty nesters, and design for fluctuating ages and capabilities will be illustrated though home modifications that are part of the NAHB CAPS curriculum.

Bridget McMullin, principal of New Jersey-based The McMullin Design Group and a CAPS designation holder, served on the American Society of Interior Designers Consulting Design Committee for the exhibit.

“The couple’s no-step, walk-in shower has retractable walls which can free up floor space should either of them need a walker or wheelchair. Likewise, the kitchen’s fixtures, cabinetry and appliances have been optimized for a limited range of motion,” the exhibit guide explains.

The Building Museum display “is an effective way to demonstrate how a CAPS professional can make a home a more comfortable for all family members, over many years,” said Dan Bawden, chairman of the NAHB Remodelers Board of Trustees.

“With this exhibit, we are reaching a museum-going audience that may not be familiar with this program and gain even more traction for the CAPS designation. In the process, CAPS-trained professionals can help facilitate people’s strong desire to remain in their homes as they get older,” he said.

The National Building Museum is at 401 F Street NW, four blocks from the National Mall.

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