KC New Homes Journal
Press release for Seniors Housing Platinum Award.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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• As seen in New Homes Journal cKittrick Homes, the area’s expert in building • Multi-level kitchen counters and removable Universal Design homes, has been recognized by cabinet fronts. the National Association of Home Builders’ • Elevators. (NAHB) Best of Seniors Housing Awards • First-floor master bedrooms, baths and laundry rooms. Program with their Platinum Achievement Award for Aging In Place homes. • Adjusted appliance heights, controls, openings, and many more. The Best of Seniors Housing Awards Program, instituted in 1992 by the NAHB Seniors Housing Council, celebrates “What we really love about Randy McKittrick’s the best and most successful seniors projects as well as Universal Design home, is how it doesn’t appear to be any recognizing visionary projects still “on the boards”. The different than any other typical new home,” says Judy and program showcases the finest projects from active Jerry Bateman, owners of a McKittrick home since adult communities and senior apartments to CCRCs and October of last year. “Our home is simply a beautifully assisted living communities. built, very livable new home.” A distinguished panel of experienced architects, According to Randy McKittrick, building the ideal marketing experts and other industry professionals judge home is the result of thoughtful planning, constant projects in 108 categories of seniors housing design communication and a loyal commitment to the home- and marketing. Platinum, Gold and Silver awards are owner. McKittrick is a third-generation home builder and March 2005 presented, as well as special awards for innovation. is steadfast in his belief that providing quality and performance is a responsibility shared by everyone McKittrick Homes specializes in building Universal involved in the building of each new home. This Design homes that concentrate on the designing of philosophy holds true for the beautiful, traditional custom products and spaces to make them usable by all people to homes McKittrick is also known for. the greatest extent possible. There are many features of Universal Design that can be incorporated into a home as “By customizing a home with Universal Design it is being built that will eliminate the need for making features, all members of the household will benefit from a adaptations at a future time. These accommodations safer home that imposes fewer constraints on daily make daily life considerably easier for many seniors and/or activities,” explains McKittrick. “Many of us are faced with physically challenged people. the challenge of caring for an elderly family member. Universal Design allows a family to live together in Universal Design provides many thoughtful, stylish preferred places, instead of facing the emotional and solutions to help people comfortably stay in their homes, economic cost of moving or institutionalizing a family such as: member. Households can ‘age in place’ over their lifecycle • Lever handles on doors allowing for one-handed without incurring significant remodeling expenses.” operation. Winning this Platinum Award has allowed McKittrick • Lever handles on faucets and no-step shower entries Homes to position their products among the finest on for safe, easy use. the market today. The seniors housing market is the new • No-step porches and ramps. thoroughbred of the housing industry. It’s rapid growth is • Wider hallways and doorways for easy maneuvering. fueled by the millions of baby boomers who are entering the hot, active adult market. Their influx has forced the • Stratiegic placement of industry to design and develop new products and services wall outlets and for the 55+ consumer as well as revamp their marketing light switches. strategies. For more information about Universal Design or other McKittrick Homes, call 913-402-1961, or visit www.mckittrickhomes.com. Many Universal Design features are showcased in McKittrick Homes’ award winning model home located in St. James Court at 11108 West 132nd Place in Overland Park.
Quality Homes Built With Good Sense To Last A Lifetime, McKittrick Homes Is Universal Design In Kansas CityT he process of building a new home demands that a myriad of decisions be made before andduring construction. Once the home is completed, forced to move to another home or going to a care facility. We strive to build the home the homeowner really wants, not a home based on a preconceived designs in plumbing are prevalent. McKittrick Homes’ expertise in building Universalhow comfortable and user-friendly the home is to notion of what someone else thinks they should Design homes is not only appreciated and enjoyedthe homeowner is ultimately determined by those have.” by homeowners such as the Batemans, it hasdecisions. recently been recognized with the “Platinum In October of last year, Jerry and Judy Bateman Achievement Award” for Aging In Place homes by moved into their Universal Design home in St. the National Association of Home Builders’ Andrews Court. Jerry has lived with MS for 20- Seniors Housing Council. The NAHB Seniors years and loves how the new home that Randy Housing Awards program celebrates the best and McKittrick built for them allows him to live much most successful seniors’ projects and recognizes more independently. Because of wider hallways, visionary projects still on the boards. This front entry ramp, elevator, specially designed national recognition of McKittrick Homes comes appliances and many other features, Jerry is able as no surprise to the Batemans. to easily move around the house on his scooter while “You won’t find a more sincere performing routine daily and caring person than chores such as laundry and Randy,” says Judy Bateman. cooking. “We educated him on what Jerry Bateman enjoys the elevator because he our specific needs were and hecan now manuver around the house with ease. “We considered retirement built our home to those living,” Jerry said. “But I exacting details. We had aNot surprisingly, many new home buyers’ initial decided I wanted a new home great building experience withdecisions involve the basic floor plan and general where I could maintain my Randy. If something neededaesthetics of the home; ranch or multi-story, independence. We looked in fixing or adjusted, he immediatelywalk-out or daylight, colors, treatments, finishes, a 100 mile radius of Kansas saw that it was taken care of.”etc. But as a large segment of the population City, and Randy is the only builder who could offer us a McKittrick Homes believesinches towards retirement age, more consideration that the successful completionmust be given to making decisions based on home with Universal Design. The instant we looked at his of any new home begins withdefinite and predictable future needs and lifestyle listening to the wants andchanges. model home, we knew it was the solution to our needs.” needs of their customers.This forward thinking is the driving force behind “Only then can we deliverthe concept of Universal Design, the art of The concept of Universal well-designed living environ-designing products and spaces to make them Design concentrates on spe- ments that create comfortableusable by all people to the greatest extent possible. cific “zones” in residential Jerry and Judy Bateman lifestyles with remarkableThere are many features of Universal Design that homes. The “Whole House doing the dishes value,” says Randy McKittrick.can be incorporated into a home as it is being built Zone” incorporates such items as strategically “Expanding customer satisfaction comes fromthat will eliminate the need for making placed switches, wall outlets and window sills as years of progressive and responsible building.adaptations at a future time. These accommoda- well as adjustable rods in the Knowing the right vendors, utilizing the besttions make daily life considerably easier for many closets. The “Entry and Transition Zone” is where materials and offering consistent follow-throughpeople, including seniors and/or physically low thresholds, door widths and handles, ramps, drives our company. Build It Right. Build It To Last.”challenged people. hallway widths, wheelchair turning space and other items are taken into consideration. For more information about UniversalIn the Kansas City Metro area, Randy McKittrick The “Kitchen Zone” deals with Design and McKittrick Homes,of McKittrick Homes, is the torch bearer for appliances, counters and call 913-402-1961, or visitUniversal Design. McKittrick, a third generation cabinets, and the www.mckittrickhomes.com.home builder, operates from the steadfast belief “Bathroomthat building the ideal home is a direct result of Zone” isthoughtful planning, constant communication whereand loyal commitment to the homeowner. special“Customizing a home with Universal Designfeatures makes a home safer and easier to live inregardless of age or physical challenges,” explainsMcKittrick. “Universal Design affords individualsthe opportunity to ‘age in place’ rather than being AS SEEN IN NEW HOMES JOURNAL • MARCH 2005