|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|
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.