Accessible house

Well-planned house – suitable for a person with disabilities who has a family and assistants

House with large windows on sloping lot, front view
House with large windows on sloping lot, front view

Description
Accessible architect-designed two-story house with elevator on hilly lot. A driveway leads to a separate garage and entry on the upper storey, where the user and his wife have their main living area (bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, workroom, living room, wife’s room and bathroom, guest toilet). All rooms are spacious and have large windows. The lower floor has a room for assistants, guest room, storage and sauna.
The house is built of maintenance-free larch.

Users comments
When the user planned the house he devoted the most effort to the measurements and floor plan. He thought a lot about how it would work with assistants and privacy. His wife has her own room and bathroom adjacent to the master bedroom. Her clothing is there, as well as a bed in case one of them is ill. The assistants do not have access to that room.
The assistants have their own entrance to their own room and can come directly from there up to the user’s bedroom without going through any of the other rooms.
In addition to the floor plan, he feels that the best part about the house is its size, which gives him enough room to move around.

The large windows are also important for the user; he can see out and he can follow the seasons without having to go out and freeze.

Paid for by
The user

Whose idea
The user

This tip is from 2006

House from the side
House from the side
Back of house with garage and entry on same level
Back of house with garage and entry on same level
Entrance to house
Entrance to house

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Guest bathroom with accessible shower stall
Shower stall with folding walls, without plinth.

Tipsare: Martin

Martin lives together with his wife in a house. He is working part time. He was injured in 2000 and has a high tetraplegia (C4). He has personal assistance 24 hours a day.