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    Question Building and accessible home

    Hi all,
    We just bought 3 acres of land in Auburn, Nh and I'm looking for some adaptation suggestions for the home we are in the process of planning--anyone have some cool gadgets or suggestions ? I'd love to hear --always looking for a great suggestions or something we didn't think of.

    Thanks,
    Nicole

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    Here's some of what we've thought of :

    One story
    Wider doorways
    No thresholds
    Roll in shower
    No cabinets beneath sink
    Accesible toliet
    Front loading washer/dryer
    Pocket doors in bedroom
    Pull down door handles
    Garage--so I don't have to clean off my car in NE winters..
    Superlift pulldown wardrobe closet system


    ***Thinking about x10 system....anyone have one ?***


    Oh ..I'm a t-11-12 SCI and pretty good mobilty wise since i forgot to mention that before.

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    Nicole-
    One item I bought for my bathroom that I'm in the middle of converting that I've found to be a Godsend is a slightly lowered height corner toilet. It's a custom order product and made by Eljer. You can get it in standard height, but I prefer the lower height for a couple of reasons. 1)I'm short (5'3") so when I'm sitting on it, my feet actually sit flat on the ground. 2) even though I can do a standing transfer, there are times(like right now) when I'm sick or my legs are not doing well and I need to slide transfer and it's the same level as my w/c seat. This makes for a nice even transfer.

    I've got other ideas specifically for the bathroom if you'd like 'em, I can give you more info on what we're doing in mine....Seems we're at a very similar level and function somewhat similar as well.
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    I've built many different houses in 25 years and have lived in four of them. I'm now designing two more. As long as I can do everything I need to because of c6-7, I like keeping it simple. I prefer less visible adaptation.
    A good design is more than worth the time it takes. Conventional designers go by ADA and what they design ends up looking like it's wherelchair/handicap specific... iow UGLY!! The designing process is the most important imo. Take your time. You can have a home that works for you and everybody else and doesn't look like it's tailored to a "hadicapped" individual. "live free or die"

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    Quote Originally Posted by ldykawakii

    Garage--so I don't have to clean off my car in NE winters..
    Make that an ATTACHED garage, so you don't have to roll out to it in bad weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broknwing
    Nicole-
    One item I bought for my bathroom that I'm in the middle of converting that I've found to be a Godsend is a slightly lowered height corner toilet. It's a custom order product and made by Eljer. You can get it in standard height, but I prefer the lower height for a couple of reasons. 1)I'm short (5'3") so when I'm sitting on it, my feet actually sit flat on the ground. 2) even though I can do a standing transfer, there are times(like right now) when I'm sick or my legs are not doing well and I need to slide transfer and it's the same level as my w/c seat. This makes for a nice even transfer.

    I've got other ideas specifically for the bathroom if you'd like 'em, I can give you more info on what we're doing in mine....Seems we're at a very similar level and function somewhat similar as well.

    I'd love to hear what your doing, we have a adapted bathroom in the condo we are in now, roll in shower, sink, etc.. The condo is nice but I can't access the third floor so we want a house built for us. It's a great home for someone-elevator for entrance to the first floor, garage, and renovated downstairs but well in the long run with kids I want to be able to egt whereever I need to quickly. We are hoping to sell it to someone in the New Hampshire aera who needs a handicapped accesible home. I just want to make sure we do this new house right from the get go so any suggestions you are willing to give I'd appreciate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjean423
    Make that an ATTACHED garage, so you don't have to roll out to it in bad weather.
    Definately Attached--love NE but hate snow now. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by ldykawakii
    I in the long run with kids I want to be able to egt whereever I need to quickly.
    How true! I met with a peer councelor in rehab who told me before she had a lift put in to her 2nd floor, her daughter (then 6) would run upstairs with a "you can't get me"

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