Too Close For Comfort

Accessible home remodel featuring elevator with window.

One of the many challenges for  Alward Construction in creating a fully accessible home from a turn of the century farm home was making it possible for the owner to get from one floor to another. Especially to his favorite level: the basement which includes a theater, food prep & dining area, sunken barbecue patio and an accessible full bathroom.

An elevator seemed the obvious solution. However, the owner was uncomfortable in closed spaces.

Solution? Add a window to the elevator and windows in the shaft to let in natural light.

Front of the house features a wheelchair ramp.

Exterior of the front of the house with accessible wheelchair ramp.

Looking at the back of the house you can see that the elevator shaft is completely integated into the home.

Here is a view of the elevator window from the rose garden. It is