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Blog: Safe and Stylish Design Wins Over Clients

The addition of a 765-square-foot master suite off the existing family room is a large project for any family, but the creation of this space was a life-changer for one New York family.

Consulting with her clients—a fiercely independent mother with multiple sclerosis, a father and their young children—Jill Eppolito, PT, CAPS, owner of Accessible Home Solutions, LLC, in East Amherst, New York, designed an addition that restored the mother’s independence within the home.

The first-floor addition provided much-needed convenience and ease of use. Using customized design solutions to fit the family’s everyday life, Eppolito maximized her clients’ safety without compromising style.

Facing a stressful choice between moving and having an accessible bathroom, an Arizona couple hired Bonnie J. Lewis, Allied ASID, Assoc. IIDA, CAPS, owner of 55+ TLC Interior Design in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Lewis set out to design a bathroom that achieved her clients’ need for space, accessibility and their contemporary style. What she created was bright, upscale and spacious—not to mention accessible. The remodeled bathroom allowed the couple to continue living in their home.

Eppolito and Lewis are the 2015 winners of NAHB Remodelers’ annual Homes for Life awards, recognizing excellent remodeling work for aging-in-place and universal design by Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists. Applications are open for the 2016 Homes for Life awards at nahb.org/homesforlife.


Dan Bawden, CAPS, CGP, CGR, GMB, a remodeler from Houston, Texas, is the vice chair of NAHB Remodelers. NAHB Remodelers is the remodeling arm of the National Association of Home Builders, representing the more than 55,000 members who are involved in the remodeling industry. Learn more at nahb.org/whynahbr

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