Log Home News: Designers Receive NAHB Certification
Barna Log Home Designers Named Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists

Oneida, TN: Shawn Stephens and Joshua Wilson, designers at Oneida, Tennessee-based Barna Log Homes, have been named Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

The NAHB developed the CAPS program in response to a growing number of requests for senior-suitable home designs. Offered in collaboration with AARP, the program provides comprehensive and practical solutions that allow seniors to comfortably age in place.

“A majority of log homes are now being purchased by baby boomers as vacation or retirement homes,” said Darlene Branim, CEO and owner of Barna Log Homes. “With designers professionally trained in living environments for seniors, we can accommodate the long-term needs of aging adults.”

CAPS-certified designers are trained in strategies and techniques that promote aesthetically pleasing and barrier-free designs. Adjustments such as wider doorways and lower countertops are made to accommodate wheelchair access. Other techniques include multifunctional main-level master suites, bath and shower grab bars and oversized stacked closets that can convert to elevator shafts.

These modifications allow for improved access and maneuverability, promoting safety and independence regardless of age or ability. The program also addresses codes and standards required for senior-suitable living environments.

To maintain the CAPS designation, graduates are required to attend continuing education programs and participate in ongoing community service. A web-based directory of CAPS is available at www.nahb.org for consumers interested in identifying designers who specialize in the aging-in-place market.

Headquartered in Oneida, Tennessee, Barna Log Homes was founded in 1976 to design and deliver quality custom log homes. Now one of the nation’s largest and most innovative log home manufacturers, Barna Log Homes has built more than 13,000 homes in 30 years of business. In 1992, the company developed the industry’s first log home training institute to train builders and homebuyers in the unique aspects of log home construction, delivery and maintenance. For more information visit their company storefront or call 800-962-4734.

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