A discrete and accessible extension that allowed owners to age in place
This three-storey rear extension, with wheelchair access, breathed new life into the existing 1920s character home. The discreet 1,200 square foot addition included a large primary bedroom for the couple with easy-to-access en suite amenities including a walk-in bathtub and shower system, and an entertainment room, granting the owners wheelchair access to all three existing floors of the house, without significant alteration to the street view.
- 1,200 Square Foot Extension in Keeping with Existing Craftsman Style
- Floor Plan Changes
- Elevator Access
- Accessible Ensuite Bathroom Including a Walk-In Bathtub and Shower System
- Easy Access to the Existing House
- Permitting for Variance in Height
- Upgraded Foundations
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The homeowners were experiencing increasing mobility issues and wanted to age in place. But their well-loved character house, with its narrow doorways and multiple staircases, needed to be equipped to accommodate the next phase of their life.
“Our house, I don’t know how to put this, but it doesn’t look like it’s made for a person with a disability,” says owner and client Jeannie who says that her friends have exclaimed that it’s the most accessible house they’ve ever visited. “It looks totally normal.”
Owner Martin’s advice to those considering a renovation: It’s about the long term, and preparing for any eventuality, regardless of your age. “Think ahead. Don’t think you’re going to be young forever.”
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