Kathleen was injured in a car accident about 1 year before we met her. Her house was far from accessible. An obtrusive platform lift from the sidewalk to the front stoop was unattractively prominent in the neighborhood. To make things worse, the lift was improperly installed requiring Kathleen to turn 90 degrees before exiting onto the porch. She used the living room for her bedroom. The hospital bed which offered no privacy, was not a pretty decoration especially when visitors arrived. Furthermore, Kathleen was separated from her husband, who stayed in the existing master bedroom on the top floor.
Kathleen could not access bathrooms safely. And the bathroom was inaccessible, small and difficult to use. There was a chair lift which had been installed as a stopgap measure when she first arrived home from the hospital. The chairlift allowed her to access the top floor (full bathroom), but she had to transfer at the bottom then again at the top. Those transfers were unsafe, time consuming and inconvenient. And, she could not get to the top floor alone; which caused her to be overly dependent on others.
We removed and re-installed the platform lift in a manner which would allow Kathleen to roll on and then roll off in the same direction. We built an artistically detailed front porch with a designer barrel vault ceiling. This porch served two purposes. It was built around the lift to conceal it from street view. The porch also offered Kathleen to socialize with neighbors and their children merely by hanging out on the front porch. From that vantage point she could enjoy all the happenings on the block.
We built a two-story addition to the rear of the house which housed a new elevator which exited into the new large master bedroom suite. The bedroom contained a vaulted ceiling and a large closet. An adjacent pre-existing bedroom was converted into a large, fully accessible master bathroom with designer tile, heated towel bar, curb-less roll-in shower, and accessible vanity with granite top. A stack-able washer/dryer was installed in the bathroom closet, allowing Kathleen to run loads of laundry very conveniently without having to schlep to the basement.