To showcase the growing trend toward forward-thinking home design and communities that are user-friendly for people of all ages, AARP and NAHB (The National Association of Home Builders) today announced the 2010 Livable Communities Awards winners at the International Builders' Show (IBS) in Orlando. The annual awards program honors builders, developers, re-modelers and architects, and highlights their winning projects as models of livability and universal design. This year's honorees include professionals, companies, and projects from Indiana, Florida, Washington, Oregon, and California.
"These builders, re-modelers, developers and architects are being recognized as leaders in the effort to meet the needs of the nation's 50+ consumers and their families," said NAHB Chief Executive Officer Jerry Howard. "This fast-growing market is very important to our industry, and these award-winning projects provide great examples of design innovations that promote safe and comfortable living."
"As the Boomers begin turning 65 this month, this first generation to grow up in the suburbs is looking to update their homes to be more comfortable or find that just-right place that keeps them close to family and friends," said David Shotwell, AARP's Senior Director for Livable Communities. "These winning homes and communities demonstrate the universal appeal of great style and comfortable design for people of all ages."
The 2010 Livable Communities Awards winners are:
Schemata Workshop, Inc for Daybreak Co-housing Community in Portland, Oregon Livable Communities Award Winner - Architect (Community Design)
This co-housing development is truly a model of a livable community with a pedestrian safety and bicycle focus, affordable and user-friendly designed units with optimal features, multi-generational residents and close proximity to public transportation and key community services.
The Housing Trust for ElderGrace in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Livable Communities Award Winner - Developer (up to 250 units)
This development is a model of affordability and accessibility for an environmentally conscious, livable community. Residents have access to safe walking paths, common spaces for meals and gathering, and smartly-designed, energy-efficient homes.
Treasure Homes, Inc. for The Gem in Burns Harbor, Indiana
Livable Communities Award Winner - Builder (up to 2500 square feet)
With a no-step entry, a functional but stylish kitchen, and beautiful, modern bathrooms, this single family home is where fashion meets function, serving the current and changing needs of all potential residents and visitors.
Mannigan Design, Inc. for 1040 Orange Grove in Pasadena, California
Livable Communities Award Winner - Re-modeler (Major Space)
This remodeled home integrates nature and the surrounding environment into the design and leverages a number of high-tech products and features, creating a significantly revitalized and inviting space for all and for the owners to use in their retirement years.
Green Construction Services, Inc. for The Mason Residence in Lakeland, Florida
Livable Communities Award Winner - Re-modeler (Single Space)
This winner transformed a bathroom for a veteran and his wife, updating its look and making living easier and safer while keeping the current footprint. This bathroom is an example of forward-thinking design that reflects the physical needs and aesthetic desires of the current residents and can serve future residents as well.
The 2010 Livable Communities Awards are unique in recognizing two co-housing developments. "Although most boomers will grow gray in the suburbs, once they become empty nester's, the boomers will have the freedom to consider a whole variety of housing styles and community preferences," said AARP's Shotwell. "Co-housing appeals to people who like intimate community life and these winning projects also have the advantages of the walk-ability and universal design which appeals to all ages."
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan social welfare organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
ABOUT NAHB: The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 160,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. NAHB is affiliated with 800 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB's builder members will construct about 80 percent of the new housing units built this year.