How To: Get Started on an Aging-in-Place Project
I know I want to incorporate aging-in-place features into my remodel, but how do I get started with this type of project?
Even though aging-in-place and universal design features are becoming standard in remodeling, you still need to make sure you’re hiring a professional that is qualified and experienced in this design work.
Step One: First Contact
This first step happens after you’ve looked around your home and realized that it can somehow be better: more functional, more accessible. Whatever your goals are, you’ve decided it’s time to bring in the pros for help. For this type of project, you want to look for a professional who is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS). CAPS is a program through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) for specialists who work with active, aging adults. In fact, BRHI was the first CAPS remodeler in southwest Virginia. You can find a list of CAPS remodelers in your area on the NAHB website: www.nahb.org.
Step Two: Initial Consultation
A professional remodeler like BRHI will schedule an initial consultation at your home to perform a needs assessment. We’ll take pictures and notes, and gather information on the areas of concern, structural and accessibility issues, and current barriers.
Step Three: Design Concepts
At this point, a professional remodeler will start outlining solutions for and approaches to the project ahead. During this step, we consider the health, safety and welfare of the home’s residents and make evaluations in the context of the living environment, age, and daily functions of the individual.