New to the universal design category is a joint award between AARP and NAHB to recognize creative and unique home and community projects. The Livable Communities Award will be presented annually for both a large and small project in each category with cost being the determining factor for remodelers’ categories. For more information on the awards or to download an application, visit www.aarp.org/livablecommunitiesaward.
With all these resources available, along with education and the popularity of designations like Certified Aging in Place Specialist, there is no reason why a remodeler couldn’t get into this very lucrative market. What makes it easier for remodelers these days is the understanding by manufacturers that is becoming less of a want in the industry and more of a need. In order to continue making consumers happy it will necessary to appeal to their issues and address their concerns with being comfortable in the home.