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December 9, 2015
When residents are dealing with issues of mobility, renovating with universal design practices in mind can make homes more accessible for all.
Mondern Boston family kitchen renovation that's wheelchair accessible

In renovating the 90-square-foot kitchen of a Boston apartment, architect Chris Greenawalt drew upon both spatial and material solutions to create a pleasing and wheelchair-accessible space to accommodate all three of its tenants.

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Originally appeared in A Hands-On Renovation Makes a Cramped City Kitchen Wheelchair-Accessible
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Meal prep is simplified for Siple. All the cabinets are easy to open, there’s space under the cooktop for his wheelchair, and a faucet over the range removes the need to haul pots to the sink for filling.

After an accident severely limited his mobility, filmmaker Murray Siple modified his Vancouver home to be wheelchair accessible. In the kitchen, all the cabinets are easy to open, there’s space under the cooktop for his wheelchair, and a faucet over the range removes the need to haul pots to the sink for filling.

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Originally appeared in The Siple Life
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Metal staircase in a London renovation

Brod Hart’s home in London—which had past lives as stables and a piano factory—is now filled with DIY hacks that make it more accessible. The most remarkable is the elevator he designed himself. A simple counterbalance operates the lift, allowing him to get up and down the stairs even faster that guests who take the adjacent industrial stairs. 

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Originally appeared in A Wheelchair-Accessible Adaptive Reuse Project in London
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David’s desk, like the other furniture in the apartment, was chosen for both style and wheelchair accessibility.

In New York's Chelsea neighborhood, David Carmel's home proves that even apartments can be made more accessible. David’s desk, like the other furniture in the apartment, was chosen for both style and wheelchair accessibility. Wood floors provide a smooth surface for his wheelchair. 

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Originally appeared in Universal Appeal
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The shower can accommodate two, and has Hansgrohe heads of differing heights with separate controls from Cifial. The residents stayed away from a built-in bench and opted to switch out a variety of tables and benches as needed, to avoid dealing with the m

In Seattle, architect Carol Sundstrom retrofitted this 1954 modern home to be more accessible. The shower can accommodate two, and has Hansgrohe heads of differing heights with separate controls from Cifial. 

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Originally appeared in Highly Accessible
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Mondern Boston family kitchen renovation that's wheelchair accessible

In renovating the 90-square-foot kitchen of a Boston apartment, architect Chris Greenawalt drew upon both spatial and material solutions to create a pleasing and wheelchair-accessible space to accommodate all three of its tenants.

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