NAHB honors three remodelers for excellence in universal design remodeling

Ponzio kitchen web

November 16, 2009 — NAHB Remodelers recently announced three winners of its third annual Homes for Life Award, recognizing exceptional remodeling work for aging in place and universal design. Sponsored by Best Bath Systems, the awards were presented at the NAHB Remodelers gala during the Remodeling Show in Indianapolis last month.

Carole Ponzio, CGA, CAPS, of Design Solutions in Port Charlotte, Fla., won in the Major Space remodel category. Patricia Nunan, CAPS, of Lifestyles Design in Perkiomenville, Pa., and Tom Ashley, CGR, CAPS, CGP, of Expand Inc. in Denham Springs, La., won awards in the Single Space remodel category.

“We are truly pleased to recognize these leading-edge remodelers for their impressive work in aging-in-place and universal design remodeling,” said NAHB Remodelers Chairman Greg Miedema, CGR, CGB, CAPS, CGP, a remodeler from Tucson, Ariz.  “By adding these accessibility features, they have not only created a beautiful living space, but have also greatly improved the safety and ease of life for the homeowners.”

Award winner Carole Ponzio was recognized in the Major Space remodel category for improving the accessibility of a home owned by a 60-year-old wheelchair user. Ponzio enlarged the kitchen (above) and added roll-under counters, reachable appliances, a pull-out shelf and pantry, self-closing drawers, task lighting, and more. She also widened hallways and created a fully-accessible bathroom with turning space for a wheelchair, a roll-in shower equipped with grab bars, a tilted mirror and a pull-out clothes rod. Ponzio also created office space and enhanced access to the backyard as part of the remodel.

Patricia Nunan was honored in the Single Space category for remodeling the master bathroom of a recently retired couple. To accommodate the wife’s progressive multiple sclerosis, Nunan made the bathroom wheelchair accessible by enlarging it, creating a no-step shower, installing slip resistant floors and decorative grab bars, and by making the space more beautiful and comfortable.

Tom Ashley also earned an award in the Single Space category for remodeling a bathroom for a retired couple who are avid boaters in order to make it more accessible as they age. His remodel improved the bathroom’s natural light, enlarged it and added a porthole. He also installed a no-step shower with a deep seat for resting, a hand-held showerhead attachment, grab bars, vanities at different heights to match their needs, pocket doors and cabinets with full-extension slides.