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    Well, I am starting to design a new house. The one I'm in now was designed by my ex-wife and I right after my accident. For the most part we did a great job on the design and accessibility aspects of it however, there were several things we did at the time that were on purpose anticipating there would always be an able-bodied person in the house. With those small things in mind and wanting to move on and get out of the house that holds some memories I would rather not be constantly reminded of. With all that in mind, I purchased a new lot that will be great for a walkout basement and a backyard courtyard with fire pit directly off a tee from the golf course. With any luck, I will try to keep everyone up-to-date with my design and construction in hopes that it might actually be useful to someone else.

    Wish me luck

    #2
    Kspell,
    Let me know if you need help. I was a commercial contractor prior to my accident. I built a new home to fit my needs. Just make sure every door is 36" in the house with double doors for closets. You can have regular doors or pocket style doors that slide. My hall ways are 6 feet wide. It makes it easy moving furniture as well as getting around. If you design a bigger kitchen add an island and have a sink you can wheel under. It helps a lot. I wish you well.
    Best Regards,
    Joe
    joemonte@nep.net. email me anytime if you need help.

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      #3
      kspell --

      Would love to follow what you decide as you start the design process.

      I've been in a retrofitted house with fairly decent adaptions (the ramps and bathroom are fine, kitchen is meh, bedroom has a ceiling track for the lift...) but I just inherited my grandparents house on a great lot. The house is a tear-down though, so for the first time I get to design a house from the ground up. It's exhilarating but overwhelming, I almost don't know where to start. Hoping to start construction next June.

      Good luck with your project.

      Liisa

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        #4
        Two things I remember from previous versions of CC. First, for attached garages make sure you get an exception to code for the one step down from the house that most jurisdictions require. Then be at the site on the day concrete is poured because no matter what your plans say about a flush entry your builder will assume it's a mistake no matter how often you say differently.

        From our recent bathroom remodel in a universally designed condo that is 12 years old, I would definitely line the entire subfloor of bathrooms with rubber backing and in the roll in shower a good ways up the walls. I wish we could have gone with a trench drain but that requires a bit more than 4" under the tile to install and we have radient floor heat too. So if you want both do plan on that depth up front. We do not have to worry about any mold though with the rubber backing in the shower surround and bathtub area or about 4 feet out. When we decide to do the second full bath we'll do the entire floor and up the tub surround walls with the backing.
        Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

        Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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          #5
          Joe, thank you for the offer. I might take you up on that as the project continues. I thought I would load a couple of pictures that I have on my computer of my current house. Most of these pictures were taking in thoughts of just relaying to the new architect my "style"and certain material preferences.
          Kitchen: I definitely enjoy having the role under gas cook top. It allows me, a C-5/C6 to do a lot of stove top cooking. One thing I will incorporate more of in this new project is pullout cutting boards like you can see under the microwave.
          Workout room: if you look at the doorway you can see that the thresholds for my exterior doors; going to my back patio are raised, I would suggest that anyone looking into new exterior doors be mindful of the thresholds.

          I should have my main floor footprint finalized next week, at that point I will upload it for everyone to see what I'm going with.
          Last edited by KSpell; 13 Nov 2012, 2:29 PM. Reason: grammer

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            #6
            kspell...I designed my house and was actually being built, about 2/3 complete, when i got in my accident. I even have all of the blueprints. House is a large custom house that HAS zero modifications becaise pf wjat happened. I still have all blueprints. It is a very open house. Any hallways/doorways as stated make sure wide enough. Make sure wheelchair is capable moving in things like your bathrooms and you can safely transfer. You need to analyze and think your kitchen out. You need make sure you will be able reach everything. This includes your fusebox. There is A LOT. I designed my hoiuse with intention of being big. The design inside and outside sort of magically fit into what happened to me with ZERO modifications.

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              #7
              Sorry. I should have looked at pics before writing. You probably are aware of all I said based on pics of current/old house.

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                #8
                KSpell, really nice bath! I'd lower towel hooks but the light flip switches are even a decent height. I like the tiling especially since you have sunlight in your space. Is that the idea shots and you'll use those as possible in the the new house? Living in the north remember how cold it can get if you park in a third unconnected garage and have to roll to the front door. Nice front though. I'll be watching for how you do your kitchen because I want to do a few mods like lowering a microwave and putting a pull out beneath it too. The hubby cooks a lot and needs the exhaust hood raised because he keeps crashing into the current one.
                Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

                Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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                  #9
                  KSpell,
                  Are you ablke to open your windows? My windows are pull up - push down windows and I am unable to open them o my own. I am also a quad C5-C6. My windows need to be replaced. I was wondering if the sliding windows were easier than the windows with the crank [I think they may be called casement windows]. Have you thought about your windows?

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Sue Pendleton View Post
                    Two things I remember from previous versions of CC. First, for attached garages make sure you get an exception to code for the one step down from the house that most jurisdictions require. .
                    I had this done in my house. My gas furnace and water heater are on an elevated platform in my 2 car garage with 2 cement posts infront of the platform. The garage has a mild slope leading out to the driveway. I can roll from my garage through the laundry room directly into my kitchen quite easily.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Sue Pendleton View Post
                      From our recent bathroom remodel in a universally designed condo that is 12 years old, I would definitely line the entire subfloor of bathrooms with rubber backing and in the roll in shower a good ways up the walls. I wish we could have gone with a trench drain but that requires a bit more than 4" under the tile to install and we have radient floor heat too. So if you want both do plan on that depth up front. We do not have to worry about any mold though with the rubber backing in the shower surround and bathtub area or about 4 feet out. When we decide to do the second full bath we'll do the entire floor and up the tub surround walls with the backing.
                      I wish I had known about this back in 1996 when I had my home built. I too have radiant heat in my floors. There is mold in the grout between the shower floor tiles that is a bear to keep at bay.

                      Anybody have a good cleaning solution for bathroom grout mold?

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                        #12
                        Sue: we'll be using the same basic idea in the new house master bathroom with some modifications the shower layout as well as the sink. There will be a lot of natural light in the new house as well. I can use to towel hooks where they are however, they will definitely be lower since I don't have to worry about compromising with anyone else.
                        The front of the house pictured may have been a little deceptive all three stalls of the garage are attached and heated.

                        Peggy: I most certainly can use the Windows and will be put them into the new house as well. They are cranking out taste the Windows from Hurd. He met with my quad paws I can lock/unlock and open/close the windows anytime I choose.

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                          #13
                          KSpell, I sort of figured you'd have the garages figured out someway for the cold. I love the heated underground garage we have. We have 2 spaces, 3 locking storage units and because of a smart older woman 2 grocery carts for hauling things up in one trip. She surprised the grocery store manager requesting to buy 2 he gave them to her at his price. Our towel racks our at normal height for an AB except for a ring I had added under my vanity on the left. It holds my hand towel while once I take a shower that towel and face cloth go to the laundry. We did add a hook in the shower for slings to hang on to dry and was surprised that they dry so fast they can normally just be folded and placed on a shelf in the closest.

                          Are you decided on windows yet? We have huge picture windows because of the lake view so they are lower set than others might be. I would definitely take a look at your scenery windows and current height averages. And those Pella windows with the blinds inside? We put those in our old places front two bedrooms and I hated them. The draw for them involves 4 thin strings and very tiny streamlined add ons to your trim you can wind them around when they are up. You really need good hand coordination. My husband didn't like those either. I did get a permanently set blinds non-opening window for a laundry room that was not seen much by inside or outside but I wanted the energy saving and noise abatement bennies. We overall love everything else about the Pellas including the two sliders with screens to the back deck on the old place and 3 sliders here plus all the others are also all Pellas. These have held up incredibly well. Both here and there they are inside stained wood and outside white painted steel of some sort. I can open the sliders with my left hand including the lock. Not sure if I could unlock them using my right hand which is more of a quad paw. We have wooden blinds on the inside here. Much easier to raise, lower and set! I'll take a look at the, what? Windows from Hurd? I doubt we'll build a house but at some point we might want a smaller place further south for winters. I keep a file just in case...
                          Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

                          Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by peegy p View Post
                            I wish I had known about this back in 1996 when I had my home built. I too have radiant heat in my floors. There is mold in the grout between the shower floor tiles that is a bear to keep at bay.

                            Anybody have a good cleaning solution for bathroom grout mold?
                            Our tile guy was a perfectionist so he mixed his own and the stuff he used could be guarenteed under certain conditions. He came close with ours but because of soft water here in couldn't guarentee colored grouts. I'd ask at a tile place. You might want to ask about a serious cleaning then regrout part way down and seal it. At the least they can tell you the best way to clean your current grout.

                            I read up on that underpad after this bath was done and if I had known everything about it I would have asked him to cover the entire subfloor in the bath and the adjoining walk in closet. It had carpetting when we bought it but I had it tiled too and am having the almost new carpet bound into area rugs where I will grind up the carpeted areas elsewhere the worst. At least the shower is well proteced too with it.
                            Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

                            Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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                              #15
                              Gurney accessible.

                              Not only wheelchair accessible but gurney accessible too!

                              I put that in my design of my newly built home.

                              You never know when an accident, fall or an illness may happen and you need EMS to take you to the hospital.

                              Ti
                              "We must overcome difficulties rather than being overcome by difficulties."

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