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Accessible Home Added to Historic Registry

Accessible Home Added to Historic Registry

The only accessible home built by architect Frank Lloyd Wright has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Wright designed the Rockford, Ill. home in 1949 for paralyzed World War II veteran Kenneth Laurent. The home has innovative features such as raised light switches, accessible home furnishings, wide doors and hallways. Wright took […]

Quad wins $20000 for accessible backyard

Quad wins $20000 for accessible backyard

You may have never heard of the National Association of Realtors before, and you may have never heard of HouseLogic either, but all you need to know is that they’re awesome. They awarded Allison and Aaron Smith (Aaron is a C6 quadriplegic) a $20,000 backyard makeover. HouseLogic is a cool offshoot of the National Association […]

Bob Vogel, T10 para, Loomis, Calif.

Living Spaces

Outside Tracks Exercise On a Dime I have a chinup bar in an outside building that I couldn’t do without. At least a couple of times a week — or more — I go into the clutter of my tool shed and climb up the fat-knotted red rope to knock off at least a couple […]

Allen Rucker, transverse myelitis, Los Angeles

Living Spaces

Cooking from a Wheelchair Tip:                                                                 Convenient Pre-Cooking Sometimes the hardest part of cooking from a wheelchair is browning meat in a skillet that’s shoulder level. On days when you’re feeling energetic or have someone to help, fry several pounds at once. Season the meat as you would for your favorite meals, and then scoop the […]

Living Spaces - June 2011

Living Spaces – June 2011

Convection Oven Love If I’d known what a difference a convection oven would make, I would have forked over the $89 years ago. A convection oven blows heated air from all four sides, distributing it more evenly, producing better texture and taste than a microwave. It broils, toasts, and bakes in less time than a […]

Living Spaces

Nesting Instincts Beware the Home Wrecker My mother warned me about her — the woman who enters your life uninvited and wrecks your home. She just didn’t tell me the home wrecker would be me. It was bad enough when I used a manual chair — tell-tale marks alongside every kitchen cabinet, notches carved in […]

With creativity, Sharon Gardner found ways to best utilize her bathroom's tight dimensions. Notice that she can turn completely around and easily access her shower, toilet and sink.

Access-orizing a Small Bathroom in 3 Stages

A thousand times I asked myself, “Why did I ever decide to buy a house with such a small bathroom?” A thousand times I knew the answer: “Because everything else about the house was so workable.” The day I saw it with the realtor I was thrilled — until I poked my head around the narrow […]

Stan Clawson

The Accessible Dream Home

Curb appeal, kitchens and baths. Ask any realtor and she’ll tell you those are the three areas that sell a house — they’re also the bane of any wheeler’s home life. Until America gets on track with universal design, or what some call visitability or “aging in place” design, finding a home that suits our accessibility […]

Cartoon reprinted from Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, by John Callahan

Accessible Housing: In Search of the Dream

The cornerstone of the American dream is owning a home, but for wheelchair users–who often can’t even get in the front door–searching for the dream can become a nightmare. Whether you rent or buy, the current stock of detached, single-family homes has little to offer in accessibility. The Americans with Disabilities Act has nothing to […]