Remodeling for Accessibility: Bathrooms

REMODELING for ACESSIBILITY: BATHROOMS

Hospital-style private bathroom

Hospital-style private bathroom

As I like to say, a home remodel is not a medical emergency.  Because that is true, a lot of remodels are “on hold” as people watch the economy and look for signs of recovery.  But it turns out that some remodels do have an urgency to them, sometimes medical. 

I recently reviewed some work I have done on accessibility: ramps, accessible bathrooms, wheelchair lifts, and door widening.  These have all had some urgency, because they were done for residents returning to their homes, or preparing a house for an older parent to move in. 

Accessible bathroom

Accessible bathroom

I have received 2 inquiries lately along these lines. One was a problem-solving session for a couple, where the man has developed greater disability to mount the stairs to his house. We concluded that a ramp from sidewalk to front door would be the best solution.  The other call was for an addition to a house for a parent who is getting seriously unable to walk.  The addition would include both a bedroom and accessible bathroom.

 

 

 

MEDITATION

I am teaching meditation in the Ballard (Seattle) neighborhood every week (see www.Seattle.Shambhala.com).  We started with the theme of ‘making friends with yourself.”  This is a great summary of the purpose of meditation.  There is something about us that craves entertainment and escape.  But the greatest satisfaction seems to be looking at and accepting ourselves.  There is something about constantly judging that comes in to play, creating a lot of dissatisfaction. 

The second theme is “bravery.”  This is the counterpart to craving escape.  It takes real bravery to sit down with ourselves, even for 10 minutes a day. I salute the class for making this effort.  It is curious how it seems easier to sit for 30 minutes with the group than for a few minutes by oneself. The class offers this kind of support.

Poem

Brilliant sunshine today
They say mind is luminous
But can I find it?

Looking forward to your comments,   -Alan

HOT ITEMS

Weatherization Class:Come to the NW Eco-Building Guild class on Weatherization, featuring two great presenters with lots of practical advice.  January 28 from 7 – 9 PM at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Avenue N.  See: www.ecobuildng.org

Meditation Class: I am teaching meditation for beginners in Ballard (Seattle) at 1423  NW 70th Street. The class is every Tuesday at 7:30 – 8:30 PM.  See: www.Seattle.Shambhala.org

PNA Home Remodel Fair: I will be exhibiting at the Phinney Fair on Sunday Feb. 8 from 10 AM to 4 PM.  See: www.phinneycenter.org

Free Design Services: There will be a raffle for free design services for your home at the Phinney Fair. All you need to do is sign in.

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