The National Association of Homebuilders, (NAHB) estimates that over 70% of home remodeling projects are planning for the future needs for the homeowners or their parents. This trend has become so prevalent, that the NAHB established the Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) professional designation. Recommended select remodelers can become nationally certified as an Aging in Place Specialist to design for current and future needs. A CAPS Remodeler is trained in Universal Design principals, which makes a home more livable for all ages and stages of life. Aging-in-place is a term that refers to staying in your home comfortably and safely to maximize independent living.
With approximately 10,000 people turning 65 everyday, 45% of all Homeowners will be over 55 by the year 2020.
With a few strategic home remodeling design modifications, a CAPS remodeler can create an environment where one can age gracefully. Most importantly, studies show that aging adults are healthier and happier if they remain in their current homes. The renovations should incorporate your signature tastes, be appealing, and help provide long term enjoyment of the home. Accessible home improvements need not look or feel institutional in any form or fashion.
Done right, Universal Design elements are desirable and value enhancing when it is time to sell. Equally important, when purchasing a home that you plan on renovating, consult with an experienced Certified Aging in Place Remodeler. In addition to giving general remodeling ideas and estimates, a CAPS Remodeler can conduct a thorough home evaluation. Suggestions can include leveling sunken floors, widening hallways or doorways, adding lighting and other accessibility features throughout the home.
Cook Remodeling has recently partnered with Aging in Place Custom Builders, a collaboration of CAPS Remodelers in Chicago, Phoenix, Seattle, and Naples. Each AIP Custom Builder Partner has over 25 years of remodeling experience and specializes in home renovations for active adults, seniors, or those with mobility concerns.
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