Albright Remodeling specializes in all types of additions,  general remodeling, Pella window and door installations, and kitchen and bath renovations.

Albright Remodeling Presents

A Universal Design, Barrier-Free,
Handicapped Accessible Addition Project

Thomas R. Doughty, Architect
James W. Albright, Builder

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Architect Thomas Doughty worked closely with a client who had been paralyzed in a car accident to design a structure and living space to meet his specialized needs.
Before Addition: Exterior Front View Before Addition: Exterior Side View

The architect skillfully blended the new structure into the existing house, repeating several features of the original, while 'stepping in' the footprint of the addition to avoid a 'dormitory' appearance.

After Addition: Exterior Front View After Addition: Exterior Side View

Extended Family Room

The north exterior wall of the house was completely removed to allow the existing family room to blend into the new family room. The view is from the pre-existing family room into the new addition. The photo on the right shows the location of the wall that was removed during construction.
The location of the original wall of the house, removed during construction. Looking from the pre-existing house into the addition

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Access to New Garage and Vehicle

An inclined ramp in the new garage leads from the wheelchair-customized van directly to the family room and elevator.
Wheelchair ramp to garage and customized van

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New Elevator

The second story can be reached by either a set of conventional stairs or by an elevator. The elevator has custom controls designed to meet the homeowner's specific needs. The first floor elevator entrance is close to the door leading to the garage for quick access to the second floor.

One of the design goals of the elevator installation was to prevent the feeling of claustrophobia when traveling between floors. The large window in the elevator shaft (at right below) is placed directly opposite another window facing the back yard.

Elevator next to the stairs and easily accessible from the garage A view of the elevator interior. Window for elevator occupant.

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Second Floor of Addition

The second floor provides a complete, spacious, light and airy apartment for the client. It is accessible via stairs and the elevator. A turret at the end of the living room extends the space and provides a nice view of the property.

Elevator door on the second floor. Interior view of turret. Exterior view of turret.

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Living Room, Exercise Room, Bedroom

The living room offers the owner ample space to entertain friends. Adjacent to the living room is a large exercise room designed to help with rehabilitation. In the bedroom a custom drawer unit replaces the traditional closet to store clothing at heights accessible from a wheelchair.

Spacious living room offers ample space to entertain friends. Exercise room to help with rehabilitation. Bedroom with custom drawer unit at wheelchair accessible heights.

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Bath and Dressing Room

A customized bathroom features a Jacuzzi tub, dressing table, steam shower, and space for a Hoyer lift to assist thowner in moving between the tub and the dressing table. All flooring has been designed to allow smooth wheelchair transition between areas, including the shower threshold shown in the circle photo below.

Jacuzzi tub, dressing table and Hoyer lift. Smooth shower threshold allowing a wheelchair to roll in and out easily. Steam shower designed to accommodate a shower chair.


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