Thursday, April 24, 2014

Designer Diaries Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Designers’ Secrets for Aging in Place

The Designer Diaries: An inside look at how designers do it

 

     SAN DIEGO, CA – Anne Kellett says her design muse often visits during the dark of night.

      For Kelly Hendricks, inspiration is everywhere.  Recently, she watched a movie set in World War I when she realized her client’s home predated 1917 and was a part of history.

     Denise Homme says her ideas look like “funny doodles” to others but they are packed with information that translates into designs that fit her clients’ needs.

     Kellett, Hendricks and Homme are just three of the San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) who, through diary entries, are unraveling the mystery of what it takes to go from the first handshake with a client to a dream kitchen or to a bathroom that will be a cherished retreat.

     Other design professionals participating in the Designed for Life Kitchen & Bath Contest sponsored by ReVisions Resources in collaboration with AARP and the San Diego Chapter of ASID, are Laura Birns, Lindsay Hester, and Carol Spong.  The eight-week Designer Diaries may be found at http://www.sdhomerevisions.org/DesignerDiaries/tabid/2638/Default.aspx.  The final entries will be posted the week of October 11th.

    The homeowner clients were selected from among 150 entrants who submitted essays that explained in no more than 250 words why they needed either their kitchen or bath remodeled to allow them to “Age in Place”. All six designers will provide design solutions for three kitchen makeovers and four bathroom designs that are aesthetically pleasing, functional and yet non-institutional in appearance.

     Next month, those design solutions will be posted on the contest website, http://www.sdhomerevisions.org and shared at the national Universal Design Summit 4 in St. Louis on October 10-12, 2010.  Other presentations and exhibits will be announced on the contest website in October. After the exhibit, a panel of judges will select two winners.  Homeowners working with these designers will have their makeover plans realized.

     San Diego Kitchen & Bath is partnering with Arizona Tile, Kiva Kitchen & Bath, San Diego Marble & Tile, and Tutto Marmo to provide the kitchen redo. Best-Bath Systems is partnering with Aging in Place Remodeling to provide the bathroom redo.  

     Contest judges include:

§  Dr. Maurizio Antoninetti, a member of the SDSU faculty and a member of the Universal Design Leadership advisory panel;

§  Catherine Darragh, chair of the Friends of San Diego Architecture;

§  Richard Duncan, director of the RL Mace Universal Design Institute in Chapel Hill, North Carolina;

§  Leon Harper, the long-time National Housing Director for AARP and established aging-in-place credentialing for the National Association of Home Builders;

§  Dr. David (“Dak”) Kopec, faculty member of the New School of Architecture and author of Designing for the Elderly Population;

§  Joanne Price, CEO of Integricare and former chair of the San Diego Fall Prevention Task Force;  and

§  Michael Stepner, former San Diego city architect and member of the of the Urban Land Institute advisory panel.

      The purpose of the Designed for Life Contest is to promote Universal Design, a movement in both the architectural and design communities to build and modify dwellings to meet the needs of a diverse and differently-abled population. A primary goal in this design model is to reduce falls and accidents in the home that result in expensive long-term care. A primary contest goal is to demonstrate to the public that Aging in Place ideas can be practical, attractive and cost-effective options for a variety of homes to stimulate aging in place solutions. The lead agency for Designed for Life – Kitchen & Bath is ReVisions Resources, a nonprofit agency providing innovative Aging in Place programs in San Diego since 1989.

        Additional community support for the contest is provided by San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles, PACE TV, Friends of San Diego Architecture, the San Diego Fall Prevention Task Force, the San Diego Public Library, and the San Diego County Library.

-30-

 

 

Contact:           Liliane Choney, ReVisions Resources Executive Director

Telephone:       (619)281-6400

Cell Phone:      (619)756-3203

Email:              liliane@revisionsresources.org                                                                                                       

Contest Website: www.SDHomeRevisions.org

About ReVisions Resources: http://revisionsresources.org/contents/about-us.aspx

 

Local Homeowners to Win $100,000+ in Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Prizes

Released: June 1, 2010

SAN DIEGO, CA (June 1, 2010) – Two of the most dangerous rooms in the house are the targets of a local kitchen and bath makeover contest aimed at older adults who wish to remain in their homes. San Diego County homeowners ages 45 and up are invited to enter the contest from now through June 30, 2010.

Kitchens and baths are the focus of the contest because studies show that falls there are the number one reason people are forced to leave their homes. Updating kitchens and baths through good design and use of today’s new technologies can reduce the potential for falls, allowing older adults to remain in their homes for as long as possible.

In this two-tiered contest, sponsored by ReVisions Resources (501(c)3 nonprofit) in collaboration with AARP and the San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), contestants are being asked to choose either a kitchen or bath redesign and to write a brief explanation about what they need and why. In July, at least six older adults will be chosen as contest finalists based on their entries. They will be paired with area design professionals who are charged with producing cutting-edge solutions that increase safety and comfort, yet appear attractive and non-institutional.

In October, a panel of expert judges will determine one winning kitchen and one winning bath design plan. The homeowners associated with these plans will win the grand prizes: a kitchen and a bathroom remodel. The remaining finalists will be allowed to keep their custom design solutions.

The kitchen makeover will be underwritten by San Diego Kitchen & Bath and Kiva Kitchen & Bath. The new bath will be provided by Best Bath Systems and Aging in Place Remodeling.

San Diego Kitchen & Bath is partnering with Kiva Kitchen & Bath, San Diego Marble & Tile, Tutto Marmo, and Arizona Tile to provide a new kitchen for a contest winner. David Rosenberg, president and general manager of San Diego Kitchen & Bath, said the kitchen remodel will incorporate design and products to meet the needs of the older adult.

“We are very excited to lend our support to Revisions Resources,” said Rosenberg. “This contest will help increase the awareness of how important it is for the older adult to be comfortable and safe in their residence.

“The kitchen is the heart of the home and more time is spent in this space than any other room. Our aging-in-place kitchen designs create a safer environment immediately for the older adult while incorporating future aging needs as well. Best of all, we can do this without sacrificing style.”

Jeff Mooney, executive vice president for Sales and Marketing for Best Bath Systems, is one of the companies underwriting the bath remodeling with products and financial backing. Mooney said his company is participating in the contest to spread the word that aging in place can be done with style.

Best Bath Systems has been involved with the aging-in-place movement for about 10 years. “For awhile, we felt we were all alone, in preaching the aging-in-place philosophy,” Mooney said. While people are aware of the Americans with Disability Act, which focuses on public accessibility, fewer people are acquainted with the aging-in-place concept that allows people to stay in their own homes. “How many people want to go to a nursing home when they retire? They want to stay home,” Mooney said. “That’s what the aging-in-place concept is about. It’s not institutional. It’s about designing a space that people are comfortable with in their own homes.”

Aging-In-Place Remodeling, which will perform the bathroom remodel, specializes in home remodels that focus on keeping older adults in the homes they love. “As a full service general contractor, Aging-In-Place Remodeling performs tasks that range from a single grab bar installation to whole house remodels,” said Tyler Owen, owner of the 10-year-old firm. “Our concern during these modifications is always centered on making the home safe, accessible and aesthetically pleasing. Aging-In-Place Remodeling has performed hundreds of remodels through San Diego and uses that experience along with more than 3000 safety/accessibility products we carry to create homes that provide confidence and comfort.”

Owen said the majority of home modifications by his company revolve around bathrooms. “On many occasions we will remove an old bathtub or shower that is no longer accessible for the homeowner and install a new barrier-free shower or walk-in bathtub that will provide years of independent living for its user.” These remodels can make and enormous difference, he said. “We look forward to being able to implement these changes in a safe, stylish manner,” he said.

Information about the contest, including the contest entry form and rules, are available online at www.SDHomeRevisions.org or through AARP Information Center San Diego Office in North Park. Call (619) 641-7020 for directions and hours.

Contest judges include Michael Stepner, former San Diego city architect and member of the of the Urban Land Institute advisory panel; Dr. Maurizio Antoninetti, a member of the SDSU faculty and a member of the Universal Design Leadership advisory panel; Dr. David (“Dak”) Kopec, faculty member of the New School of Architecture and author of Designing for the Elderly Population; Leon Harper, former AARP housing director, Catherine Darragh, chair of the Friends of San Diego Architecture, and Joanne Price, former chair of the San Diego Fall Prevention Task Force.

The purpose of the contest is to promote Universal Design, a movement in the architectural and design communities to build and modify dwellings to help reduce falls and accidents in the home that result in expensive long-term care. One of the goals is to show the public that aging in place can be an attractive and cost-effective option and not institutional in appearance. Lead agency for Designed for Life – Kitchen & Bath Contest is ReVisions Resources, a nonprofit agency providing innovative aging in place programs in San Diego since 1989.

Additional community support for the contest is provided by San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles, PACE TV, Friends of San Diego Architecture, the San Diego Fall Prevention Task Force, the San Diego Public Library, and the San Diego County Library.

For more information, please contact:

Liliane Choney, ReVisions Resources Executive Director
Telephone:   (619)281-6400
Cell Phone:   (619)756-3203
liliane@revisionsresources.org

Home Sweet Home
Video ►
Kitchen Ideas ►
Bathroom Ideas ►
Door & Window Ideas ►
Fall Prevention Ideas ►
Laundry Area Ideas ►

Click the links above to view ideas for your entry in the "Designed for Life - Kitchen & Bath Contest". We'll be adding ideas in the weeks to come, so please bookmark the site and return frequently. Better yet, subscribe to our Idea Gallery RSS feed and receive links to new resources as they appear.

Privacy Statement  |  Terms Of Use
Copyright 2013 by ReVisions Resources, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization