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Beverly Adams

For heaven's sake, when you design for someone in a wheelchair, I suggest you Get a wheelchair, sit in it, and not get out until you've covered the entire area of house you mean to re-build. Don't cheat. Those of us in chairs, can't step out for a moment to reach an upper cupboard. Use your heads. Just because someone says that something is barrier free, doesn't mean it is. I've lived in a chair since I was 16. I am extremely mobile, but even I can't do everything. Think of banks of pantry cupboards instead of upper cupboards. Think of roll under stove tops, sinks. Modern refrigerators are almost impossible to get into, especially to the top shelves. Dishwashers come in two levels. Use them. (Dish drawers). Bathrooms need pocket doors. Period.

Sorry for the rant, but I get so tired of pretty designs that are truly worthless to those who actually need to use them.

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Trisha McDonald

Building an accessible house, these are great ideas!!

   
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Cathy

Beverly Adams: CONGRATS on your rant !!!

While I am not in a chair, my Father was and even with my own physical limitations ( car accident 20 yrs ago ) I was his 24/7 care-giver for 7 years ... our house was easy -- it was the public bldgs. ( incl. hotels ) that were the worst !!!

To everyone else: please note Beverly said "since I was 16" and for me the car accident was at age 40 ... in other words, you NEVER know what life might bring so planning ahead is being smart !!!

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