International Builders’ Show Highlights Best of Accessible Home Design

mobilityprojectEditor’s Note: Our friends at The Mobility Project – an initiative created by Mobility Management magazine – are sharing a series of articles with Wheel:Life to help empower our community of wheelchair users, assistive technology users and their families! We’ll be posting the article highlights with a link to the full story below. 

In January, the International Builders’ Show brought the best of home design to Las Vegas. The show highlighted many of the latest trends in universal design or design that makes it easier for people to live in their homes regardless of age or ability.


In addition, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) handed out awards to high-achieving professionals in the universal design field. Sherry L. Schwab, CAPS, CGR, president of HCS Construction Services in Bellevue, Wash., received the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) of the Year award for her community service. Vince Butler, CAPS, CGR, GMB, president of Butler Brothers Corp. in Manassas, Va., was honored as CAPS Educator of the Year for bringing the latest training and information to his community.

“NAHB’s Educators of the Year do more than teach classes. They inspire their students by sharing their personal experiences in the classroom and giving them new tools to be successful,” said Gaye Orr, CMP, MIRM, chair of the NAHB Education Committee and a sales and marketing professional from Raleigh, N.C.

Next year, the International Builders’ Show will be held in conjunction with the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show and will feature more products related to accessible home design.

Accessible Entry

How you enter and exit your home can make a huge difference in your quality of life. IBS unlocked the mysteries of accessible entry with these high-tech products:

Traditional swinging doors can get in the way of wheelchair maneuverability by the sheer amount of space they occupy. Why not try L.E. Johnson Products’Multi-Pass Pocket Door? The door enables up to three 400-pound doors to glide into the wall rather than swing out into the entryway. The company’s standard hardware, featuring 16-gauge steel components, prepackaged and custom track lengths, creates up to 12-foot-wide doorways.


Door sills make mobility at door entrances tricky, but Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork’s Aluminum Sill Ramp Kits smooth the transition from indoors to outdoors. The kit is designed for Garden-Aire sliding patio doors, which feature wider doors to allow additional space for those who use mobility aids. Plus the bronze-anodized sills are ADA compliant.


Read the full story here for a list of highlights of the best of accessible design from the International Builder’s Show! 

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