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Last Stop - Best Aging-In-Place Home - Catlett, VA

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Dec 1, 2012 11:53:00 AM

HOMES SUCH AS this one, by Golden Rule Builders, avoid the ecological impacts of remodeling a home’s cosmetic features to accommodate aging residents, at the same offering low utility and maintenance costs for the life of the structure.


ROOFING: Englert standing seam metal 1300 series (bone white)

STRUCTURE: Advanced framing (24" OC, single plates, header hangers, etc); Boise Cascade I-joists with 7/8" AdvanTech subfloor

SIDING: James Hardie (pre-finished) fiber-cement

INSULATION: Seaboard EF-7 liquid housewrap, 1" DOW structural sheathing, spray foam (Comfort Foam by BASF and SEALECTION Agribalance by Demilic), Knauf Ecobatt

AIR CONTROL: RenewAire ERV EV300, Simplicity central vac

WINDOWS: Weather Shield EnduraShield all-fiberglass(low-E shield 5 glass), VELUX Sun Tunnel skylights, Hunter Douglas honeycomb solar shades, Clopay Coachman Collection insulated garage doors, Schlage lever door handles

HEATING: WaterFurnace geothermal heat pumps, Marathon (electric) with desuperheater

APPLIANCES: Gaggenau accessible appliances

FAUCETS & FIXTURES: Home run PEX pumbing, Kohler ADA faucets and sinks, Delta ADA touch facuet, TOTO ADA eco-toilets and sinks

CABINETS & TOPS: Caesarstone quartz kitchen, Corian baths

CLEAN FINISHES: Benjamin Moore EcoSpec no-VOC paints, Titebone GREENchoice Series caulks and sealants

FLOORING: StonePeak Terrain series (recycled tile), AMARCO Flex-Court (recycled exercise tiles)

LIGHTING: Ergonomic LED lighting throughout

SPECIALTY PRODUCTS: USG paperless drywall, FIBEROCK at wet areas, Universal DEsign package shelves at entry doors, adjustable closet rods for univeral use, RGF's Guardian Air air purification system, recessed floor system into concrete stem, reclaimed hospital grab bars, curbless showers, Handi-Tub walk-in whirlpool, ADA-height toilets, roll-under sinks and appliances

For example, the owner chose a metal roof over asphalt, so that his daughter might inherit the home in a few Ron Knecht Design House years without having to replace the roof. The heating system is geothermal, and the walls are super tight, insulated with BASF spray foam. Most of the universal design adjustments to the 4,000-sq.-ft. plan are simple: wider doorways, bright, open spaces with plenty of daylighting, light switches and thermostats set at 44” above the floor. In all, only about 200 sq. ft. had to be changed to make the home compliant with American Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

Tour It!

PROJECT: Ron Knecht Universal Design House

BUILDER: Golden Rule Builders

RESIDENT DESIGNER: Anthony Palladino

PHOTOS: Regina Holmes

  • ADA Compliant

    Combining ADA-compliant design with green features is a win-win for this project's sustainability.

  • Golden Rule Builders
  • WaterFurnace geothermal heat
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