Accessibility Design

  • Additions or large/small renovations
  • Accessible entrances such as ramps, doorways
  • Accessible kitchens, bathrooms
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The Goal: To provide a safe and comfortable environment for those in need through the creation of an accessible design that is specific to each and every client’s own specifications/needs. This can include the needs associated with a health or medical related condition that requires specific spatial and/or visual accommodation or to those who wish to Age In Place and need their existing homes or future homes changed to accommodate the needs associated with aging.

The Process: Creating an accessible design that is specific to the spatial and tactile needs of the client through either the creation of a totally new space or addition or through the retrofitting of existing spaces in a residential structure. This is accomplished by using tactile, visual and barrier free design elements so that one’s home becomes a physical as well as environmentally accessible space. Some of the design tools utilized would include the applicable recommendations of the ADAAG guide/Americans with Disabilities Act, the United Spinal Association, formerly known as the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans associations as well as some of the  LEED system, especially those relate to improving one’s indoor environmental quality. whether it be accommodating an elderly family member moving into one’s own home or retrofitting an existing home to maximize the mobility of those living within it clients:  persons with physical disabilities, psychiatric or developmental disabilities or those wishing to Age In Place.

Examples of some accessible design changes: This can include large renovations or additions that can include enlarging a kitchen to accommodate wheelchairs or walkers, creating a new bedroom area on the first floor with an accessible entrance, or smaller renovations which may include renovating an existing bathroom so that it is handicapped accessible, or changing the shower area to allow for a wheelchair to be rolled in, or a shower with benches added to allow for the transfer of a person, reinforcing walls to allow for grab bars, hot water/anti-scalding features in shower and tub, replacing door handles with lever type handles, changing floor finishes to wood, linoleum of tightly woven carpet to maximize mobility and minimize tripping hazards Some changes can also include incorporating wider hallways in the design with 32” wide doorways, the installation of double French doors, no threshold roll  in showers with safety grab bars, increased lighting, low island for wheelchair bound person, outside accessible entrances,  reinforced walls and tougher sheetrock To maximize the physical and environmental well being of the client or the client’s family member(s).

Sustainable Design

  • Energy efficiency
  • Sustainable products
  • Desined for human and environmental well-being
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A green home is designed to have a positive impact on energy efficiency, environmental performance and human well being. LEED is a point-based certification system that measures how well a home performs as a green home.

Energy efficiency is a prime component of our work as is the use of sustainable products. The principle of the firm, Heather Brin, is a LEED Accredited Professional. Call us for additional information   related to your plans. Reach us at: (631) 509-5666