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    #46
    Originally posted by 6string
    I had the wall sockets raised up about 6 inches higher than norm, so I wouldn't have to bend over so far.
    Yup! Anywhere we added new electrical outlets or got into a wall where there was an existing outlet, we had them raised to about a foot and a half off the floor. Light switches were lowered a bit from the norm also. I'm also inordinately pleased that the thermostat is at eye level for me now. My husband put a thermostat with a digital display in our old house and it's almost impossible for me to read the damn thing.

    C.

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      #47
      Originally posted by Tiger Racing


      My folks have a house on Elkhart Lake that is pretty darned accessible, but we decided the last, little bit of pathway down to the pier was too steep to ramp. We would have had to cut too far into the property to make it safe and attractive, so instead, my dad built me a funicular. (I just love that word). It's my own, personal, cable car. Takes my chair down to the pier and it's easy going to the boats from there.

      C.
      TR...

      I just finished reading this thread...thanks for sharing! We are going to build a cabin soon and this gives me a lot of ideas. Also, can you take a pic of how you get to the pier at your parents' lake house? We will need something like that also as the bank is too steep. Thanks!!

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        #48
        Originally posted by teach1
        I just finished reading this thread...thanks for sharing! We are going to build a cabin soon and this gives me a lot of ideas.
        No, problem! I'm glad this is helpful.

        can you take a pic of how you get to the pier at your parents' lake house? We will need something like that also as the bank is too steep.
        I'm actually going to visit my folks in a couple of weeks. I will get some pictures of my funicular while I'm there.

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          #49
          Originally posted by Tiger Racing
          Yup! Anywhere we added new electrical outlets or got into a wall where there was an existing outlet, we had them raised to about a foot and a half off the floor. Light switches were lowered a bit from the norm also. I'm also inordinately pleased that the thermostat is at eye level for me now. My husband put a thermostat with a digital display in our old house and it's almost impossible for me to read the damn thing.

          C.
          C. You’ve been thinking of adding some smart house/intelligent house components to the electrical system? You could avoid many of the things you address here then. When I built this one I installed such a system, here I used a profibus standard - basically just a pair of 24 VDC wires running through the house where all the signal givers like switches, thermostats etc. is connected to onto a PLS (computer) in the switchboard panel operating I/O (in/out) modules. The signal givers and different I/O modules then gets their own hex code which then again is programmed as you please by a computer and uploaded to the PLS. I installed it before I got SCI and was surprised how soon I would have real use of it (lol). Like now, I have several “lazy” set-ups, like a master switch when I leave the house, master switches next to bed in bedroom and the same with a “morning switch” and so on, which puts the house electrical system into a predefined mode.

          It is best to install such systems when building a new house but there are several manufacturers out there which also supplies different components and systems to be used when renovating a house.

          Nice place you have, bet you will enjoy it and good luck. Can see you also are avoiding carpets on the floor, same here, just wood and tiles.

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            #50
            I really like that pantry cabinet. We are in the process of redoing my kitchen, and I would like to incofrporate something like that if we have the space.

            What did you do in the corners? We are planning a corner cabinet with a turntable, I hope it will do what we need. I like the adjustable cooktop, and mid height oven, We have gone with a standard stove, only lowered, so I will really have to bend for the oven. Not enough space to go your way. (I can;t convince my husband that he is going to HATE working at that height, he even wanted to lower ALL the counters.)
            T7-8 since Feb 2005

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              #51
              TR it turned out great!

              Jean, in my kitchen EVERYONE uses a chair to cook! It's a little empathy training in the kitchen! I have a rolling office chair for them to use
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                #52
                Originally posted by sjean423
                I really like that pantry cabinet. We are in the process of redoing my kitchen, and I would like to incofrporate something like that if we have the space.
                The cabinet maker used Rev-A-Shelf for the pantries. The style we used is the best I've seen to allow for shorter people and wheelchair users to be able to reach everything on the shelves. You can reach in from both sides and the slideout feature lets you reach things at the back that you might not be able to in standard shelves.

                What did you do in the corners? We are planning a corner cabinet with a turntable, I hope it will do what we need.
                We don't really have any corners. It's a galley kitchen, long and skinny with countertops on two sides. The pullout pantries are at one end and at the opposite end there are drawers on one side and the dishwasher on the other. All the cabinets in the middle have pull out shelves.

                (I can;t convince my husband that he is going to HATE working at that height, he even wanted to lower ALL the counters.)
                There really isn't a lot of countertop space in our kitchen so figuring out if we should lower anything was tough for us. My husband is almost six feet tall and does most of the cooking. He's got a bad back too, so leaning too much isn't good for him. I'm used to using the dining room table for prep work, but just last night we were talking about some ideas for adding some kind of moveable, temporary counter space in the kitchen. They would function like the pullout cutting boards. If we end up doing something, I'll post pics.

                C.

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                  #53
                  Originally posted by lynnifer
                  Absolutely gorgeous TR! I love, love, love the colour of the cabinets in the bathroom with that tile floor. I like lighter woods than the darker ones but the darker wood in the kitchen looks brilliant with the green walls. I'm currently trying to find a satisfying colour between clay and green myself.
                  Thank you, thank you! The cabinets in the bathroom are maple. I was really surprised at how beautiful they turned out. I thought our bedroom furniture was maple or at least a sort of natural maple colour. Boy was I wrong! The bathroom cabinets are much, much prettier than our bedroom furniture.

                  Good luck picking your colours. What a pain! It sounded like fun to pick paint colours, but when it came down to it, it felt like a huge responsibility. What if we picked the wrong colours? What if people thought they were ugly? What if they made the rooms look tiny? What if, what if??

                  The kitchen looks a tight fit - but maybe that was the camera angle. I know I whip around from stove to sink which are opposite each other when cooking and I love the fact that I can turn 360 degrees without being too careful - while balancing a cutting board or pot/dish on my lap.
                  The kitchen's definitely not big, but it's not tiny to move around in either. I can easily spin around in circles in the middle of the room. It will be cozy with more than one person working in there, but functionally it's still such a huge improvement over the kitchen I've had for years that I think it'll be fine.

                  And hey, you're in California - perhaps you can find Curtis Stone from Take Home Chef to cook for you and your husband .. lol.
                  That would be fun! But does he only pick women in grocery stores to work with? 'Cause my husband has been doing most of the grocery shopping lately.

                  C.

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                    #54
                    Thanks for the pantry link, it may come in handy. We need something in the corner, as our kitchen is basically an L. We are lowering the stove and sink, as well as the corner counter in between. The rest will be high. I am also getting a cutting board that fits over the sink, which will give me another work space, but I too have been using the kitchen table to work at. We have a pull out cutting board now, that I want to keep after the renovation is finished as well. I am also thinking of a rolling cart .... it would help me move things from counter to table, and be an additional workspace. I am not sure we have the room to make it worthwhile tho.

                    Good luck with the new house ..... it looks great.
                    T7-8 since Feb 2005

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                      #55
                      i had my breaker box and gas/water main shutoffs lowered so i could get to them easy.
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