Do you stare down challenges everyday? I know I do! But there is one place where all barriers should be erased, my home. My home sweet home!
"Every day since my injury I have looked for ways to push beyond my physical limitations as a quadriplegic and face challenges with openness and gusto. Whether from the struggle of raising a child from the confines of my wheelchair to overcoming attitude barriers.
But when it came to finding a home that fit my new special needs, I was shocked at the lack of options and understanding by builders-by anyone or that matter.
My search began. I had to start from scratch. I first designed an outline of things that were high priority for me:
- Equitable Use and Cost effective
- Flexibility in Use. I wanted a home that would serve my needs as well as functioning for my husband and children.
- Low Physical Effort. Every modification needed to add quality of living and provide me with the best possible solutions with minimal stress on me physically.
- Size and Space Maximized
These key components assisted in educating my builder.
As the building process began, I shared my accessible home ideas with others. This journey lead me to map out design ideas that lend to a high-performance, livable home. Today, I have a collection of floor plans that offer state of art universal design. All of which have these unique design elements to choose from:
- Linear drains for a curb-less shower
- Pullout bowls, cutting boards and racks next to the sink create a work space without needing to move from the sink.
- Solid surface floors throughout. Cork flooring is an environmentally friendly option that reduces noise and is durable and soft underfoot. It is the latest trend in Universal Design.
I live everyday staring down challenges. My home is place where those obstacles have been erased. Build or modify your home that helps you live a similar life of independence. You deserve it!
Consultant, Blogger, Mother, Wife, and Quadriplegic
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