Mid-Point with Beach Bungalow

It’s been a joy to see countless volunteers, students and talented trades people come together to give back to a worthy disabled veteran who served our country by pooling their resources, talents and time under the direction of GreenBeachAmerica.

For the first time since Lance’s injury, he will be able to access water independently via touch-less faucets. He will no longer need the five glasses of water set out by his caregiver before he starts his day. He won’t have to call his neighbor to open the front door and Auggie, Lance’s canine companion will be able to safely snooze and catch some rays on the enclosed deck made accessible by a new ramp. Lance will be able to live more independently through Universal Design.

I've had a number of people ask, “What makes a home accessible?” The answer, good planning. Creating a Universal Designed home is not necessarily more expensive, but it does take an experienced designer (preferably a Certified Aging in Place Specialist, CAPS) to integrate Universal Design concepts seamlessly into a home. The institutional look is something of the past.

Following are some of the design changes that we made to this small beach bungalow to create a hip, updated Universally Designed home:


-New deck that meets van ramp with wheelchair ramp

Living Space

-Magnetic key entry door

- Zero threshold entrance

- Single level open space living/kitchen area

-Widened doorways

-Durable vinyl planking in wood pattern


- Approachable ADA compliant sink

-Touch-less faucets

-Lowered counters

-Counter edges rounded to minimize injury

-Raised toe kick to accommodate for wheelchair foot space

-Pull out drawers and lazy-Susan with accessible height rotating shelf

-Refrigerator with pull out drawer

-New range with front controls

-Dishwasher drawer

-Lowered shelving


-Enlarged bathroom with a 360 degree turn radius

-Sliding Barn door

-Zero threshold entrance to shower

-Linear trench drain

-Hand-held shower head + rain shower head

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