Wheelchair accessible house

Successful modification of old two-story home

Modified home, viewed from the front with entrance
Modified home, viewed from the front with entrance

Description
An older house with two floors, a basement and spiral stairway was renovated to make it wheelchair accessible. A tower was built to accommodate an elevator (see associated tip) with exits to the top floor, hallway, ground floor and basement. An addition with bedroom and bathroom was under construction when the user was injured and could be designed to meet her needs.
The ground floor contains the kitchen and living room, the top floor has a bedroom, workroom, and bathroom. The basement has laundry facilities, sauna and family room.
A wooden ramp behind the house first leads to an add-on glassed-in room and then down to the garden.

Paid for by
Partially the municipality, partially the user

Whose idea
The user and her family together with an architect

This tip is from 2007

Modified home, viewed from the back with ramp and glassed-in patio
Modified home, viewed from the back with ramp and glassed-in patio
Modified home, viewed from the side with exit to ramp
Modified home, viewed from the side with exit to ramp

Related tips

Elevator in old-fashioned house
Elevator in old-fashioned house
An elevator that fits in with the style of the house and makes it wheelchair accessible.
Wheelchair accessible sauna
Wheelchair accessible sauna
A sauna large enough to accommodate a wheelchair.
Garage adapted to minivan
Garage adapted to minivan
In order to avoid a slope for the car ramp, the level of the ground at the side of the garage was raised to the same level as the floor of the car – suitable for persons with compromised arm function.
Tiled patios
Tiled patios
Paving or tiles increases accessibility for persons who have compromised arm strength and use a manual wheelchair.
Glassed-in patio with infrared heating
Glassed-in patio with infrared heating
A glassed-in patio allows people who freeze easily to be outdoors on chilly days and evenings – suitable for wheelchair users.
Ramp design, exit to garden
Ramp design, exit to garden
A ramp design with built-in seating area leads from the kitchen to the garden.
Low window in accessible living room
Low window in accessible living room
Low windows provide a good view for wheelchair users.
Adapted bathroom
Adapted bathroom
Adapted bathroom – suitable for a wheelchair user.
Adapted door for wheelchair user
Adapted door for wheelchair user
Wide doors blend in with the style of the house.
Entrance to wheelchair accessible home
Entrance to wheelchair accessible home
Modified home with elevator that also serves as wheelchair accessible entrance.

Tipsare: Suzanne

Suzanne lives together with her husband and children in a house. She is working part time. She was injured in 1991 and has a complete tetraplgia C6. She has personal assistance.