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Gallery 54: Accessibility in Mind

Overview

This client family found it a challenge to find a home on the market that would accommodate their accessibility needs. After searching for several years, they finally found this Vista Heights bungalow that had a great foundation to retrofit. After connecting with Pinnacle Group, they knew they found their renovator of choice who was up for the challenge of creating a home that would not only embrace their accessibility needs but also be aesthetically appealing!

 

Criteria

  • Create an accessible kitchen prep area.
  • Update countertops, kitchen backsplash, cabinetry hardware and paint.
  • Re-configure main floor bedrooms to accommodate a large master bedroom with accessible ensuite and dressing room.
  • Enlarge doorways.
  • Install wheelchair garage lift.

 

How The Criteria Was Met

We worked with this couple to create an affordable home that met their budget requirements and would provide all the convenience needed for their accessibility provisions, while creating a space that matched this fashion forward couple’s design tastes. Due to the project’s budget limitations, after in-depth discussions with Pinnacle, it was decided that the client would demo and frame the project themselves to reduce costs. Our passion for helping accessible clients means we are willing to think outside the box and do whatever we can to help create safe homes that enhance independence.

Starting with the kitchen, we transformed the space to create a crisp, contemporary, practical design which includes painted cabinets with new hardware that complements the updated Quartz countertops and kitchen backsplash. Most importantly, this kitchen now incorporates a prep area that is wheelchair accessible. Two of the three existing main floor bedrooms were retrofitted to create a single, large master bedroom with accessible ensuite; the third bedroom became an accessible dressing room area. The impressive ensuite integrates many accessible features including a tankless toilet, curbless walk-in shower and understated tile holders that serve as grab bars. All doorways in this home were enlarged including the beautiful 48” custom ensuite barn door. This accessible home also includes a wheelchair garage lift that was installed by the homeowner prior to moving in. The end result is accessible perfection; blending the very best of functionality with a timeless design.

 

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