Archive for the 'Accessibility' Category

Have wheelchair, will roll … in the bathroom

As you can see in this article I wrote for Remodeling Magazine, a bathroom can be both standard and then accessible for wheelchair users when they visit. When architect Emory Baldwin designed a Seattle house for his family, he thought of all this. Though his family is young and able-bodied, he also has visiting inlaws [...]

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Is it a grab bar? Or a fashion statement?

It’s true: People don’t generally like the way grab bars look. The industrial feel of old-school grab bars brings to mind an institution of some sort. And so while it would make sense to install grab bars during any bathroom remodel, many homeowners don’t on account of the looks. These are from our friends at [...]

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A new kitchen for an older woman

Outside of Charlotte, N.C., Judy Hammill moved back to the farmhouse where she grew up and that her own father built. But the kitchen was dated and would not work as Judy settled into retirement and got older. She won a makeover from AARP and an aging-in-place specialist to make the kitchen accessible. The new [...]

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Volunteers remodel bathroom for paralyzed teen — Knoxville News Sentinel

By this morning, Demario Cornelius will have enjoyed his first real shower in two years. A 2008 shooting left Cornelius, 19, paralyzed and in a wheelchair – which has always been too big to fit through the door frame of the single bathroom in the house Cornelius shares with his mother, grandmother and four siblings. [...]

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A wheelchair-friendly remodel preserves a bungalow’s 1920s character

They had identical twin boys and a baby girl on the way when Max and Tali Woodbury decided it was time to expand. Their 1½-story bungalow in the heart of Hawthorne, Ore., was fine for two adults — including one who uses a wheelchair — but it was far too cramped for their rapidly expanding [...]

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Deputy’s home readied for paralyzed daughter

Photo caption: Sheriff Paul Pastor, left, and project leader Sgt. Jim Heishman, right, talk with consultant Marty Wittman on Saturday at the work site. Less than two weeks after the daughter of a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy suffered a paralyzing car crash, friends and neighbors are building her a new place to call home. Volunteers started [...]

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At age 80, Betty Frazier rocks her remodel

As Betty Frazier approached her 80th birthday, no one would have thought twice if she had decided to downsize her living arrangements. Instead, the Leisure World resident did the opposite, opting to sell her one-bedroom place, move up to a two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit she bought in the same Laguna Woods community and embark on an [...]

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