3-Bedroom Wheelchair Accessible House Plans

Home modifications by occupational therapist (OT) based on principles of universal design and accessibility.

Universal/accessible design of the home from an occupational therapy and a construction perspective. This blog is part of a quest for cool, convenient, functional design that makes life safer, easier, and as maintenance-free as possible. It's about the lifestyle.
Frank Lloyd Wright kenneth laurent wheelchair accessible home in Rockford, Ill.

Frank Lloyd Wright kenneth laurent wheelchair accessible home in Rockford, Ill.
 I recently asked for wheelchair accessible house plans because I have 2 new builds coming up and we are at square one for the designs.  Thank you to everyone who sent in wheelchair accessible house plans.  Several people sent me accessible house plans and several sent house plans that could easily be made accessible.

Here are the some of the plans I submitted to my clients who we will be meeting with tomorrow to go over.  I can't post all of the plans I submitted because I don't have permission. 

It wasn't really fair because I didn't state exactly what the parameters were for the houses, so here they are:
  • Open floor plan of course.
  • Minimum 2 bathrooms, one has to be fully wheelchair accessible the others not so much but it would be nice.
  • 3-bedrooms.
  • As few hallways as possible but if there are hallways they should be a minimum of 4' wide preferable 5' wide especially if there is a doorway to turn into.
  • No stairs, or steps if it can be avoided.  Zero-step entries are preferred and can be built into any plan.
  • All turn radius' need to be a minimum of 5' in diameter, it is too hard to maneuver a wheelchair in a small space.
  • Garages need to be a minimum of 2 1/2 stalls to accommodate a wheelchair lift.
It's difficult to be too specific with the parameters without going into too much detail, and as anyone who works with accessibility knows different features are required depending on the impairment.

I will be meeting with one set of clients tomorrow and have submitted the following designs to them.   I'll let you know their choices.

Design 1 by Complete Cad (www.completecad.com)  thank you Mark.  These are designs that can be modified for accessibility.  

Close up of floor plan:

 Design 2 also by Complete Cad:

Close up of floor plan:

Design 3 by Complete Cad: 











Close up of floor plan:



Design 3 by Manchester: 

Design 4 by Chad from Functional Homes, Inc. (www.functionalhomes.net):

Design 5 by Daschke:

Design 6 by Dan:

Design 8 from Mark Building Company (www.markbuilding.com) and Peter Ratcliffe of Ratcliffe Architects, thank you Nancy Rosenberg for all your help with this one:

 Which is your favorite and why? 


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Back to the drawing board. I'd choose none as being a good fit as drawn.