Accessible Apartment Addition to House

Plantcrone (Elle)June 16, 2012
I'm building with my daughters family-I've "donated" the acre of land in suburban Portland OR and am getting an accessible apartment addition to the house they are building. About 600-700 Sq Ft, it will be a one bedroom, bath living area and kitchen designed to Accessible space requirements. I'm in my late 60 with physical issues that will probably get worse as I age. The contractor has designed a basic space-I'm not in love with it. I wouldn't mind opening the bedroom/livingroom up into a 'single' apartment look if someone has ideas how to design it. I plan on having a level floor shower with no tub in the bathroom and need larger closets than the builder has planned for. I have already asked him to delete the 'bonus' room area. My computer is a laptop now but I plan on having a small space for a desk and files.

I have a queen sized bedroom set with double dresser, tall dresser and antique make up table that needs to go in the bedroom area. A country french design couch, antique secretary, antique bombay chest that I use for the television, antique beautiful rocker, wing chair I use for reading and antique carved round table plus a few new bookshelves in my current lving area-pared down from a 3000 sq ft house I think thats pretty good. I currently live in a 900 sq ft apartment and everything fits-tight but it fits. I'm staying with French Country and plan on decorating with cream and terra-cotta colors. There is a small reoccurring terra-cotta theme in the upholstered furniture. I also have an antique oak table 48"X48" that I hope to put in the dining area.

Also looking for ideas that will allow me storage space and want sliding doors to minimalize door swing. I am going to have a craft/sewing area in the basement of the main house, and will share a washer/dryer with the family. Most of the cooking will be done in the main house as I do the majority of it so my kitchen does not need to be large.

Thanks for ideas.
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    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 11:18AM
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Just at a glance I'm seeing your bathroom is not large enough to accomodate a wheelchair if one is ever needed. If the entry from the bedroom to the covered porch is not a priority you could create a dressing area/closet between bath and bedroom and a larger shower. Also pocket doors would save wallspace and are easy to plan for. I would give more of the bedroom to the bath, open up the bonus room to the bedroom, which could give you your desk space. The bedroom/bonus space could share one large doorway to the living room, using white/antique barn doors on sliders for a pretty rustic french country look.
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