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#1 Dunraven



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Posted 03 July 2012 - 08:45 PM

I've been looking at house plans that are wheelchair accessible or ADA compliant on the internet and they are terrible! It seems like they design plans with the bare minimum of accessibility. Most only have one bathroom and bedroom that are large enough for true wheelchair accessibility. I want a home that is wheelchair FRIENDLY, not just accessible here and there.

Has anyone else built your own home and where did you get the house plans?

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 09:19 PM

Well, if i was going to build my own house from the ground up. I would design it myself, that way i would know its the way it would be most accessilbe to me. Just a thought! Google sketch up allows you to mess around with your own ideas.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 09:32 PM

We built our own house and had a contractor friend draw up the plans and change them according what we wanted. After we got it built we went back and did make a few adjustments and it is very wheelchair friendly.....

My home is three bedroom and three baths. It has only one small hall for me to go down actually I don’t consider it a hall. It is only about 3 feet long so its not hard to get through. All the doors in the home are 3 foot wide. I love to garden and therefore my family had be six raised gardens fixed they are approx. 3 foot high and 2 foot wide made from landscaping timber. Surrounding the garden beds is a nice wooden or cement walk way to make my rolling easier along with a water and water hose at the edge of the garden. I have a huge cement parking area and a cement walk way that goes from the carport in the back all the way up on the front porch of the house. We have a cement patio with a cement ramp going from the back door of the carport onto the patio and a cement ramp going from the patio out into the yard going to my sisters home. I have three dogs that I take out so my family added a wooden fence around the patio area so I will have them contained and I don’t have to worry about them running off.
My bathroom that I recently built onto my bedroom is wonderful. We had two bathrooms but I wanted one off my bedroom so i had a large bathroom built on to my bedroom. It is 16 ft by 16 ft.it has a pedestal sink so i can get all the way up to it without my legs or my chair hitting it. I have a vanity that is simply a very pretty piece of wood that is mounted to the wall with a large mirror hanging on the wall behind it. It is mounted so that i can wheel up under it and be able to reach everything. My toilet is up against a wall and another wall as built beside it so i have a stall with grab bars on call sides to assist me with transferring. Above the toilet I have selves built within my reach that holds my wipes, pads, etc that i might need while on the toilet.... I have a roll in shower with two shower heads one is attached to the wall and the other is removable....the shower has grab bars on all the sides and i a shower bench in it. I was having problems with the little lip on the shower floor so i had a rap built so it is a smooth roll up to the bench. I also have a Jacuzzi next to the shower with built up sides that are even with my wheelchair so I can transfer into the Jacuzzi tub without a problem. I have cedar wood walls and ceiling and tile floor for easy cleanup…..I have two doors one coming from my bedroom into the shower and then a second door going out into the carport that I use if my wheelchair gets dirty from my gardening or if I have those accidents that sometimes occur being disabled.

All of the electrical sockets throughout the entire house are about 3 foot off the floor so I don’t have to bend over to plug anything in. The thermostat is lowered so I will be able to read it and change the temperature. We also built the house with a wood fireplace but it was not easy to bring in wood off the front porch if I was home alone so we changed it over to a gas fireplace with a remove control. In the kitchen we have a range that is electric and built into the counter top kinda like a sink. With the range done this way i can roll up as close as i need to be with out burning my legs on the front of the oven. As far as the oven it is built into a cabinet with a larger one on top and a smaller one beneath it and i can reach both of them without a problem. We have a small uitility room attached to the kitchen that we keep the washer and dryer in so i can use them both are load from the front so it is easy for me to use. As far as the microwave goes we purchased several shelves from lowes that you can adjust the height on we use those to have the toaster on the microwave, bowels, and other items on that are at my level.

If you have any other questions just let me know.


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Posted 14 July 2012 - 12:21 PM

I am getting an accessible kitchen fitted and I got designs from two different specialist kitchen designers. I found them to be ugly and not at all practical. So I went down the design it myself route. It isn't fitted yet, so I have yet to find out how my design ideas work. I used the Ikea kitchen planner and found it very good for my purposes.

I am wondering about the height of your oven. How did you decide what height to place the oven at? I am getting an oven with a slde away door, it drops down and then slides away into the space beneath the oven. I am going to fit it with a telescopic shelf that pulls out and supports the weight of whatever you are baking or roasting without tipping. This represents a big investment for me as I am a tight budget, so I want to get the height right. I am also hoping to position the microwave beneathe the oven. I am not sure if this is realistic or not. Any advice you can give would be appreciated

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 11:28 PM

If you look up the ADA laws on the net, there are sections that will provide you with dinensions for different items, and heights, you may design for. They aren't always perfect but they will give you a starting point to use for planning. And Jennifer it may be possible for you to use that set of shelves and a couple of brackets that attach to the wall behind them. This will steady the oven when you pull a turkey out on the shelf or something else heavy.

I used to be a Codes Enforcement Officer and found it really takes a crip to design for a crip. And even with that we are all just a bit different. If you have a Municipal Building Dept and codes officer don't let him badger you, you are designing far a very special condition, and resale is not a consideration. Some guys let that job go to their heads.

I bought a preloved fishermans home before I retired. Since I have been struggling with my live but deteriorating body for over 40 years. Knowing that I bought a walk in shower and made arrangements for access as time moved on. I wish I had purchased a hospital height hopper. Not that I can't now, I just cannot do the work myself anymore.

I really like you concrete walks and the outside access to your own bathroom really great ideas. My house sits level in the front but slopes to almost 6' at the rear. so the bathroom idea is out for me. But for a 50 year old house the doors have enough opening for me to access everything in my chair.

Another thing to consider is a rolling tray with a low lip to carry and move kitchen "stuff" around. It may save your lap from some burns.

Edited by Robert W Sullivan, 21 July 2012 - 11:29 PM.

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 03:13 AM

can never have a room too big,and sliding wide doors

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