ASID Designers Participate in New AARP Recession Remodel Contest

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Contest ends June 14, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 10, 2009) | As part of AARP’s new Recession Remodel contest, designers from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) will provide their time and services to remodel a kitchen or bathroom for two lucky winners. Residents over the age of 45, living in the United States and struggling with a kitchen or bathroom that is outdated and difficult to use, or will become difficult to use in the future, are urged to enter.

“Interior designers are trained to design a home that can meet a person’s needs by creating an environment that is comfortable, welcoming and most importantly, livable,” says Michael Alin, Hon. FASID, and executive director of ASID. “We’re happy to collaborate with AARP on the Recession Remodel and together, increase awareness on the impact of good design.”

According to the ASID publication, Home for a Lifetime, 57% of consumers want a house that’s easier to maintain and 40% want a house that’s easier to get around in. In a related study, a 2008 AARP report found 80 percent of boomers want to stay in their homes yet discover their homes are not fit for them as they age.

“Attractive updates that make everyone happier and safer don’t have to cost an outrageous amount,” said Elinor Ginzler, AARP Senior Vice President for Livable Communities.  “We’ve conducted this contest to show real people that even in tough times they can afford appealing updates that make their homes more comfortable and convenient for everyone.  ”

Winners will receive up to $5,000 in universal design focused home improvements including design plans, products and assistance from interior designers, contractors and other home improvement professionals. Winning remodels will be documented from start to finish and featured on the AARP site.

To enter, visit for complete rules. Contest ends June 14, 2009.

About ASID: The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 40,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. ASID is the Founding Sponsor of InformeDesign (, a searchable database that enables designers to engage in evidence-based design by using Research Summaries focused on design and human behavior, created and operated by the University of Minnesota.

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