First Floor Remodel for Aging-in-Place

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Project Location: Bethesda, MD
Project Summary: First Floor Remodel for Aging in Place
Year of Completion: 2018
Aspects of Note: Master Suite with Full Wheelchair Accessibility; 1950’s Cape Remodel Within Existing Footprint
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Project Description

A 1950’s brick cape in Bethesda, Maryland hadn’t been updated for decades. My clients, both past retirement age, wanted to stay in place and prepare for a time when they couldn’t walk steps. The husband already uses a cane. We remodeled the entire first floor with full wheelchair accessibility, a new master suite, a new kitchen including walk-in pantry and laundry, a breakfast room with desk-area, and updated the living and dining rooms. We did this all within the existing footprint of the home.

Notable features include:

  • A coffered ceiling in the new kitchen / breakfast room area that allowed us to hide significant structural changes within the fairly traditional style without adding columns.
  • Efficient Galley Kitchen replacing a larger but much less efficient L-shaped kitchen
  • Larger and more efficient pantry that’s very convenient for the cook but hidden from guests.
  • A full-sized Laundry in an enlarged closet that convenient to the breakfast table for folding with adequate storage.
  • A breakfast area that looks out on the garden with a desk area for the wife to manage the household
  • Appliances that work for aging hands and backs including a side-opening oven.
  • Custom ceramic tile for the backsplash was a splurge. Facilitated by using large-scale high-pressure laminate for the counters in the kitchen and baths.
  • A master bedroom that works well with a wheelchair.
  • A master bath with 2 vanity areas incuding one that’s wheelchair accessible
  • A large roll-in shower that includes a bench and controls that are easily reached with 2 shower heads that operate independently.
  • The gentle slope to the front door allowed us to create an attractive bricked-lined concrete wheelchair ramp.

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