Living in Place Design Methods – Estes Builders

July 5, 2013

RickRick Gross of Estes Builders recently achieved the Certified Aging in Place Specialist designation after attending an education program through the educational arm of the National Association of Home Builders.  Developed to instruct homebuilders how to assess needs and identify design elements to allow clients to remain in their homes longer and enjoy a better quality of life while doing so, the training day also emphasized making homes accessible for visits from family members or guests who are not as mobile as they once were. “In home plan design, it’s vital to pay special attention to hallway and door widths, counter top heights, stairways, and exterior access which are all key elements to allowing our clients to live in place longer,” said Gross.

In addition to this training, Estes Builders is exploring ways to utilize construction methods and components that will lessen and even eliminate electric bills. “What we are interested in at Estes Builders is to provide our clients with choices that save them money and create increased levels of comfort and livability,” said Gross. “The term used in the industry is called net zero energy building.”  The eventual goal is to eliminate electric bills all together and even produce surplus energy that can be used to power electric cars or to sell the energy back to the power company. “Estes Builders continues to explore these methods to be ready to implement these building practices,” Gross said.


Estes Builders is an award-winning design build firm that specializes in custom homes in Western Washington. We have earned more than 130 customer testimonials and a reputation as Western Washington’s most trusted custom home builder. We build custom homes in Sequim, Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Port Ludlow, Bainbridge Island, Kingston, Silverdale, Port Orchard and surrounding areas. Contact us for a FREE Project Analysis to discuss your project.]]>

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