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NAHB Remodelers Bestows Homes for Life Awards for Excellence in Aging-in-Place Remodeling

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 27, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — 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. The awards were presented on Oct. 23 at the NAHB Remodelers’ annual gala held during the Remodeling Show in Baltimore. Susan Bachner, MA OTR, CAPS of Lexington, Ky., won in the Major Space remodel category. Sandra Rawls Oltmanns, CAPS, ASID, IIDA of Naples, Fla., won in the Single Space remodel category.

“Style and accessibility are the hallmarks of the Homes for Life award-winning projects,” said NAHB Remodelers Chairman Paul Sullivan, CAPS, CGR, CGP, a remodeler from Waterville Valley, N.H. “These innovative designs use tailored solutions to transform each house into a home for a lifetime.”

Bachner earned the Major Space honors for a remodel that allowed a retired couple to live entirely on the first floor of their two-story home. The remodel created a stepless entry, added a master bathroom and guest room with full baths and redesigned a kitchen for standing or seated chefs.

Oltmanns was honored for an accessible kitchen renovation in which one of the owners uses a power wheelchair. Universal design elements—including lighted floors, custom cabinetry with room for wheelchair turns and a cooktop on lifts—were key to creating a kitchen in which the entire family can cook together.

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