ASID Los Angeles Chapter and Kiwanis Club of Torrance Break Ground on Home Makeover

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 28, 2008) – The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Los Angeles chapter and the Kiwanis Club of Torrance teamed up for an exciting new project to help a disabled, low-income senior in need of a home remodel. Volunteers broke ground on their first-ever home makeover this month.

To accommodate the needs of a man who suffered a stroke 20 years ago, the Torrance, California Aging in Place project, with the help of contractors, suppliers and volunteers, will renovate this home using universal design elements. Universal design, the concept that all design should serve the broadest range of people regardless of level of mobility or age, allows the resident to live comfortably, independently and safely. Most importantly it will give him the opportunity to age in place, in his community with his family and friends.

“We are amazed at the overwhelming support from the community,” says Ellen Cantor, ASID. “The positive reaction is encouraging for the program and is a great way to start off the year. The support from our vendors and designers has been very exciting. We are looking forward to creating this home makeover for our very deserving senior.”

The project has been well received by those in the community and has drawn overwhelming support and volunteers, including Torrance City Councilwoman, Hope Witkowsky.

“The senior population is booming and it’s important we allow them to enjoy the memories in their home and age in place,” says Witkowsky. “This project is an example for what communities, organizations, businesses, non-profits and great volunteers can do in this quest to allow individuals to age gracefully. I’ve learned so much from the interior designers involved in this project and so happy that although I’m outside of the industry, I can still be a partner.”

Volunteer contractors will make much needed modifications that will improve accessibility within the Torrance resident’s home. Slated for the remodel are

  • Transformation of two small bathrooms into one, larger accessible bathroom with a roll-in shower
  • ADA-compliant as well as water-and energy-efficient bathroom fixtures
  • Wider doors and easier-to-open windows
  • Updated energy-efficient electrical and lighting system
  • A less restricted flow of traffic with laminate flooring throughout
  • New low VOC paint on the walls to create a non toxic environment
  • New furniture and window treatments by the ASID designers.

In addition to ASID designers and Kiwanis members, an accessibility specialist, a professional organizer, contractors, a landscape designer and an attorney agreed to lend support to make this project succeed.

The renovation has an expected completion date of April 2008. Details on a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house will be announced as the completion date gets closer. Interested media should contact for details.

To learn more about the project how to volunteer contact the project manager/coordinator and accessibility consultant, Evelyn Grodan, CAPS, at or (661) 607-8472 or Ellen Cantor, ASID, CID at or (310) 375-1782.

ASID recruited the time and services of several sponsors. Companies graciously donated products and their expertise to make this remodel happen and a complete list is included below:

A&E Bros. Glass, Banner Carpeting, Basically Cabinets, Benjamin Moore Paint, Industry Partner of ASID, Caesarstone, Capital Wholesale, Catalina Home, Industry Partner of ASID, Carpet Mills, Clark Adams Windows and Doors, City of Torrance, Dave Brannan at Melroy, Danmer Custom Shutters, Industry Partner of ASID, Dave Eggli, Decore-ative Specialities, Delivery Associates Industry Partner of ASID, Design that Works, Industry Partner of ASID, deZign services, Industry Partner of ASID, Distinctive Design Co., Empire Window Fashions, Escuadra, Exxon Mobil, Garret Nuttman, Platinum Properties, Keith Darling, Highly Organized, Hunter Douglas, Industry Partner of ASID, Jack Roehm, Jack Rennie, Jean Pinto, ASID, Kravet, Industry Partner of ASID, Lamps Plus, Industry Partner of ASID, LUNADA services, Marriott of Torrance, McCullum Engineering, McKeeve Plumbing, Nafco by Tarkett Flooring, Noy Construction, Ray Cortiz, Robert Allen Design, Industry Partner of ASID, Patricia Edwards, Industry Partner of ASID, Perma-Guard, Industry Partner of ASID, Rev. John R. Hernandez, Rug Affair, SCI, Smith & Hawken, Industry Partner of ASID, Southwestern Tile, Sun Electric, The Sterling Collection, Industry Partner of ASID, The Restoration Factory, Molino & Associates, Kiwanis Club of Torrance, TOTO USA, Industry Partner of ASID, and Voldee Supply.

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.

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