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How Smart is the Smart Apartment?

How Smart is the Smart Apartment?

You are supposed to be able to control everything, from the thermostat to a lift that will get you out of bed, put you on the john, with a blink of an eye, a sip or a puff, a press of a button or your voice. That’s what they’re aiming for at the newly opened […]

My Perfect Kitchen

My Perfect Kitchen

When fate put me on wheels in 2000, it did nothing to change the appetites of my husband and son. We had just moved into a custom “forever” home on a ranch far from fast food and delivery. I cooked and cursed my unforgiving, existing kitchen for 10 years before implementing the “perfect wheelchair kitchen […]

The Accessible Home

The Accessible Home

The Accessible Home: Designing for All Ages and Abilities started as a question: What does it take to make a home where a person with disabilities can live a normal life?

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 […]