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Remodelers win awards for bathroom designs
Posted on Monday, October 31, 2011

Two innovative bathroom designs have won a prestigious award from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The annual Homes for Life awards recognize designers who excel in creating spaces that work for aging-in-place and universal design.

"These creative remodels show off universal design that enhances beauty and also functionality of a home," said NAHB Remodelers Chairman Bob Peterson. "The Homes for Life award winners transformed these spaces to become more stylish, while also improving ease of living and safety for the residents."

The first project, designed by Cincinnati's Marnie Renda, Brian Schwieterman and Jeff DeVol, featured a master bathroom for a woman living with Muscular Dystrophy. The project included expanding the bathroom for easier navigation and features such as a no-threshold shower, footrest for the shower seat and easy-to-use easier shower controls. The remodel also included a custom bathroom vanity that made the space more efficient for the homeowner.

The second project, designed by California's Bart Millar, was done for a family with three generations living under one roof. This bathroom remodel featured layout changes to add space as well as features to ensure the users' safety. Highlights included a bathroom vanity with a bi-level counter, a shower with a low curb, grab bars, non-slip ceramic tile, task lighting and large handles for the faucet and cabinets.

According to the NAHB, adding features that make homes safer for aging residents is common. The Journal Sentinel newspaper reports that these projects not only help ensure safety and comfort, but also increase a home's resale value.




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