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SMA fundraiser | Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Aug 06, 2013 @ 10:08 AM

The Love, Hope & Strength fundraiser for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Saturday, August 10, from 7-10pm

The Love, Hope & Strength fundraiser for SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) is this Saturday, August 10, from 7-10pm at the Flanders Art Gallery (302 S. West Street, in Raleigh.)

Spinal Muscular Atrophy is the number one genetic killer of children under the age of two, and it affects hundreds of families in NC. This is the largest event in the Triangle dedicated to finding a cure. 

The silent auction at the event will be held in a setting with fine art, cocktails, live entertainment, and families who support the cause. Five-time Emmy Award winner, Debra Morgan of WRAL News, will serve as emcee for the Love, Hope & Strength Fundraiser.

You can read more about the event here: http://www.fsma.org/Fundraising/EventsCalendar/index.cfm?id=7704&eventRedirect=1&type=1154

The motor neurons affect the voluntary muscles that are used for activities such as crawling, walking, head and neck control, and swallowing. It is a relatively common "rare disorder": approximately 1 in 6000 babies born are affected, and about 1 in 40 people are genetic carriers.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) refers to a group of inherited diseases of the motor nerves that cause muscle weakness and atrophy (wasting). The motor nerves arise from the spinal cord and control the muscles that are used for activities such as breathing, crawling, walking, head and neck control, and swallowing. SMA is a rare disorder occurring in approximately 8 out of every 100,000 live births, and affecting approximately 1 out of every 6,000 to 10,000 individuals worldwide.


SMA affects muscles throughout the body. In the most common types, weakness in the legs is generally greater than in the arms. Sometimes feeding, swallowing, and respiratory function (e.g., breathing, coughing, and clearing secretions) can be affected. When the muscles used for breathing and coughing are affected and weakened, this can lead to an increased risk for pneumonia and other respiratory infections, as well as breathing difficulty during sleep. The brain’s cognitive functions and the ability to feel objects and pain are not affected. People with SMA are generally grouped into one of four types (I, II, III, IV) based on their highest level of motor function or ability. - copyright Families of SMA


Click here to learn more about Families of SMA.

Stanton Homes is a proud sponsor of the event, as one of the programs we support in conjunction with our dedication to helping families with accessible needs.  Stanton Homes is dedicated to employing the latest technologies and design expertise to help alleviate the hardships of immobility, ALS, loss of limbs, and other challenges. Click here for more information.

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Six Ideas for Accessible Shower Design | ADA Accessible Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jul 02, 2013 @ 12:07 PM

Top Six things to consider for your Accessible Shower Design

ADA Accessible Home tips from Raleigh custom home builders

Accessible showers are one of the most important aspects of an ADA, accessible, universal design, barrier-free or aging-in-place home.

It takes more than a roll-in floor to make an accessible shower comfortable, safe, and practical.

And when you build your custom home with one of the nation's top builders in the Raleigh, North Carolina region, it can also be beautiful. 

Here are the top six things to consider as you design your NC custom home to blend functionality and personality in your accessible shower. 

Wheelchair Accessible Homes - Shower Design

From roll-in capability to a handheld shower head on a yoga glide bar, designing every detail in your shower is one of the best things about building a custom home in the Raleigh area. 

Full Turning Radius Accessible Showers

Accessible bathroom shower design for wheelchair accessible homesAsk your builder about providing a full 5'x5' turning radius inside your accessible shower. 

It's a customization that could require your bathroom to be expanded, so you'll need to decide whether you'd like the convenience early in the design planning stages.

A custom home builder experienced with accessible designs and floor plan modifications will show you how that will look.

And your designer will suggest ways to create a beautiful atmosphere in the extra large space, such as the custom tile treatment seen here.

See more photos of the accessible bathroom shower pictured here - taken from a version of the Firebird - click here.

Multi-piece fiberglass accessible showers are also available by special order for ADA accessible homes.  Check out the base - these accessible showers are typically manufactured without a rim, to provide roll-in capability.   

 

Transfer Accessible Showers

Accessible bathroom shower design for wheelchair accessible homesAnother approach to an accessible shower is designed to accommodate transfer from a wheelchair or mobile unit to a built-in or stand alone shower seat. 

These showers may have a rim at floor level similar to a standard shower and can adapt to wheeled access by way of a threshold ramp.  Many have no threshold.

Transfer accessible showers can come in multiple sizes, from a standard "bathtub" size of 60"x36" to an extended 72"x49" fiberglass multi-piece shower.

Look at all the associated costs before deciding: A fiberglass shower will be less expensive than a custom tile shower, but special order prices can add to the total.

See more photos of the accessible bathroom shower pictured here - taken from a version of the Blackhawk - click here.

Hand Held Shower Head

Accessible bathroom shower design for wheelchair accessible homesA hand held shower head can be much easier to use and direct than a standard shower head, and can be installed as a stand-alone or as a secondary option.

They are available in a large range of styles and prices, so be sure to check out the things that matter most to you, such as whether they are easy to turn on and off, or offer the kind of spray you prefer.

yoga glide bar allows the shower head to stay in place at adjustable heights. 

 

 

 

 

Accessible bathroom shower design for wheelchair accessible homes

 

You can use the showerhead on the glide bar, or remove it and use it by hand.

Finishes for hand held shower heads and glide bars can be found in chrome, brushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze and other materials, so you can coodinate the look with the other textures and colors in the bathroom.

Or simply choose a material and shape that is comfortable and easy to grip. 

 

 

 

 

 

Shower Seat or Bench

Accessible bathroom shower design for wheelchair accessible homesCustom accessible showers typically include an attached or detached shower seat or bench. 

A universal design shower seat can be constructed of wood, plastic, or metal, with cushion, plastic, or wood seats.

A fold down shower seat attached to the wall of the accessible shower can come in different widths and lengths - an experienced builder will make sure the fit will be comfortable.  

Most seats are either 18" or 23" in width.

A shower seat or bench can be a great accessory even in a standard shower. It's a touch that a certified Aging in Place builder like Stanton Homes will typically offer.

Accessible Design: Shower Grab Bars

As you customize your shower, think of all the places where a grab bar could be useful - like the picture seen here. Your custom home builder can place grab bars wherever you need them, as long as there are studs to support them.

Accessible bathroom shower design for wheelchair accessible homes

Shower grab bars can be installed vertically or horizontally, depending on the specific needs and requirements. 

Grab bars should always support at least 250 pounds of weight. 

The diameter of a grab bar should be 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches.

Your wheelchair accessible or universal design home will include additional blocking and framing in the shower and bath area to support all kinds of grab bars - even if you want to add more later.  

Want to make them stand out? Grab bars can be white, chrome, brushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze, or even brightly colored - you have a lot of choices when you design and build an accessible custom home in the Raleigh area.

You can add stylish grab bars all over the bathroom, from your roll under vanity to your toilet area.

Finding an ADA Accessible Home in the Raleigh Area:Accessible bathroom shower design for wheelchair accessible homes

Considering building an accessible or universal design home in the Raleigh NC area?  Go over our easy checklist of accessible features!

The design team at Stanton Homes will work with you to create the environment you're looking for.

We'll show you all the ways to ensure your custom home has the accessible elements you know you need (and some you might not have thought about).

Learn more about how Stanton Homes can modify your favorite floor plan into an ADA accessible home, or create something new, just for you - with elements like these:

Accessible bathroom shower design for wheelchair accessible homes

Experienced Accessible Home Builders –

Stanton Homes is an industry leading accessible, universal, certified Aging in Place and VA-approved Specially Adapted Housing custom home builder.

Whether you start with a plan that is designed for accessibility, ask us to modify or create a new plan, we can build in wider hallways and doorways, entry ways, turning radius, non-slip flooring, ramps and walkways, special lighting, roll out or pull out shelving, easy grope door, faucet and drawers, accessible switches, no step entries, roll-in showers, ADA roll-under countertops and work spaces, and whatever else you need. 

Tags: accessible home plans, ADA accessible homes, wheelchair accessible homes, accessible shower, accessible baths

NC Wheelchair Accessible Homes | Hallway and Doorway Requirements

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 @ 08:03 AM

ADA and Wheelchair Accessibility

Accessible Hallways and Doorways

Wheelchair Accessible Homes | Hallway and Doorway Requirements

(Photo of an accessible custom home Raleigh NC - with wide archway entrances designed for wheelchairs.)

How to Make a Custom Home Accessible

We were recently asked this question:  "How can we modify our new home floor plan for wheelchair accessibility? How wide do hallways and doorways need to be for a wheelchair?"

It is important to consider wheelchair accessibility before building your new home - modifications to an existing home can be much more expensive. 

What are the Minimum Hallway and Doorway Width Requirements for a Wheelchair?

Both ADA requirements and Specially Adapted Housing Minimum Property Requirements specify:

 - Minimum hallway width of 48"

 - Minimum doorway width of 36"

 

Standard doorways in a new home are usually either 2'4", 2'6" or 2'8" wide, and according to North Carolina building code, the minimum width of a hallway is 36". 

How wide should the doorways and hallways be in your home?  Depends on what kind of access you're looking for.

Wheelchair Accessible Homes | Hallway and Doorway Requirements

 - Minimum clear width for a wheelchair is 36 inches for a hall and 32 inches for a door.

 - Minimum clear space for a T-shaped turn of 180 degrees is 36 inches in all directions.

 - The minimum passage width for one wheelchair and one ambulatory person is 48 inches.

 - Many mobility scooters are as narrow as 21". 

What are Some Additional Doorway Options?

If the home buyer simply wants wider doorways, but is not as concerned about having a 48" wide hallway, there may be some options that don't require significant structural changes.   And it's MUCH less expensive to plan for wider doorways before construction starts than to try to retrofit hallways and doorways later.

Wheelchair Accessible Homes | Hallway and Doorway Requirements

 - A 3'2" wide hallway will allow a 36" door, but there will be no room for trim.

 - A 3'8" width works well for a 36" door, and allows 2 1/4" trim, or casing, around the doorway. 

 - A 3'10" width is ideal for a 36" door, as it allows 3 1/4" casing around the doorway.

However, if someone is planning to build with a Specially Adapted Housing Grant, they are required to include 48" hallways to obtain the grant.  There also must be enough space to "allow for maneuverability through the hall and into all rooms, including bedrooms, bathrooms, and ingress/egress routes." 

How Can My Hallways Be Widened, and When is the Best Time to Plan for This?

In most cases, wider hallways means adding more square footage to the home.  At Stanton Homes, we are able to make almost all floor plan changes in-house, which can reduce the cost of making a new home wheelchair accessible. 

Or bring us any plans that you're considering, and we'll be happy to discuss what changes might be required to make your next home accessible. 

 

Experienced Accessible Home Builders –

Stanton Homes is an industry leading accessible, universal, certified Aging in Place and VA-approved Specially Adapted Housing custom home builder.

Whether you start with a plan that is designed for accessibility, ask us to modify or create a new plan, we can build in wider hallways and doorways, entry ways, turning radius, non-slip flooring, ramps and walkways, special lighting, roll out or pull out shelving, easy grope door, faucet and drawers, accessible switches, no step entries, roll-in showers, ADA roll-under countertops and work spaces, and whatever else you need.   

Wheelchair Accessible Homes | Hallway and Doorway Requirements

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How to Design Your Closet - Master Suite Closet Photos

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 @ 13:06 PM

Custom Home Master Suite Closet Designs

Storage Centers, Built-in Shelving

Need ideas on how to customize your Master Suite Closet? The options are endless, so here are some examples of recent homes to get you started.

Special features included in these Master Bedroom Closets include: wrap around shelving, wrap around rods, built-ins, shoe racks, island cabinetry (built for wheelchair accessibility), hardwood flooring, and natural light.

Check out the Master Closet designs in these Raleigh New Homes:

 

Master Suite Closet Storage Design

A splash of color, open floor space, and bright natural light make this closet feel more like a room than a closet.

An entire wall of built-in shelves on the right complements the rows of hanging rods on the left.

A storage or sitting bench could be placed under the window.  

 

Custom Home Closets | Master Bedroom Closet | Storage Space Ideas

 

This Master Closet features full wrap-around storage space and built-in options

Wood flooring gives this space a more elegant look and feel.

Plenty of overhead lighting keep the room bright and easy to navigate.

 

 

 Master Bedroom Closet Storage Ideas

Line your built-ins with cute baskets, storage containers, or pieces of art.

With so many built-in shelves in this Master Closet, you can afford to get creative with your space!

 

  

Accessible Home Master Closet

Located within a Fully Accessible Home, this Walk in Closet includes wrap around wood Shelving and Center Island Cabinetry.

The Center Island is designed to be navigated by a wheelchair, and serves as storage space, a folding table, and a staging area for laundry.

This Accessible Master Closet also features natural light, built-ins, hanging rods, and hardwood flooring.

If you're considering a new home in the Raleigh area, ask your custom home builder to help you design your new Master Closet with ideas like these!

 

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Accessible Bathroom Shower Designs | Wheelchair Accessible Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Nov 23, 2010 @ 06:11 AM

Accessible Bathroom Design Ideas for the Shower

Wheelchair Accessible Homes

Whether your home needs to be fully wheelchair accessible, or accessible in certain areas, one room absolutely must be designed for accessibility - the bathroom.

Accessible Bathroom Shower Designs | Wheelchair Accessible Homes

An accessible bath must be easy to use, and can also be beautifully appealing.  Today we'll focus specifically on accessible shower design tips.

Wheelchair Accessible Homes - Shower Design

A shower is just a shower, right?  Not in a wheelchair accessible home.  But there are many different ways a shower can be specifically designed to meet accessible standards.

Accessible Shower Design Photos | Wheelchair Accessible HomesFull Turning Radius Accessible Showers

Some wheelchair accessible homes may provide a full 5'x5' turning radius inside the shower. 

The accessible shower can often be specially designed and completed with custom tile work - and may require the bathroom space be expanded.   

All this can be done by a custom home builder experienced with accessible designs and floor plan modifications. 

 

 

 

Wheelchair Accessible Homes | Accessible Shower Design PhotosMulti-piece fiberglass accessible showers are also available by special order for wheelchair accessible homes.  These accessible showers are often planned to have no rim, so that a mobility device can roll directly into the shower.  

Transfer Accessible Showers

Other accessible showers may be set up with a planned transfer from wheelchair or other vehicle to a built-in or stand alone shower seat. 

These showers can have a rim at floor level similar to a standard shower.  A threshold ramp can still allow easy access for the chair if necessary.

Transfer accessible showers can come in multiple sizes - anything from a standard "bathtub" size of 60"x36" to an extended 72"x49" fiberglass multi-piece shower.

A fiberglass shower will be less expensive than a custom tile shower, but any special order costs should also be considered. 

Accessible Bathrooms - Raleigh NC Accessible Homes - Universal Design Home BuildersHand Held Shower Head

A hand held shower head can be much easier to use and direct than a standard shower head.  There are many different varieties of shower heads to match different styles and budgets. 

A yoga glide bar allows the shower held to be held in place at adjustable heights. 

The showerhead can also be removed from the glide bar and used by hand.

Hand held shower heads and glide bars can be found in chrome, brushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze, and other finishes.

Accessible Bathroom Shower Designs | Wheelchair Accessible HomesShower Seat or Bench

An accessible shower offers either an attached or detached shower seat or bench.  A universal design shower seat can be constructed of wood, plastic, or metal, with cushion, plastic, or wood seats.

A fold down shower seat attached to the wall of the accessible shower can come in different widths and lengths for comfort. 

Most seats are either 18" or 23" in width.

A shower seat or bench can be a great accessory even in a standard shower, particularly with aging in place in mind.

Accessible Design: Shower Grab Bars

Again, a shower grab bar can be a useful accessory for a wide variety of needs.

Shower grab bars can be installed vertically or horizontally, depending on the specific needs and requirements. 

Grab bars should always support at least 250 pounds of weight. 

The diameter of a grab bar should be 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches.

In order for grab bars to provide correct support, they should be installed into studs and not unsupported walls. Here's an example of shower grab bars: 

Accessible Bathroom Shower Designs | Wheelchair Accessible Homes

If you're building a universal design or wheelchair accessible home, make sure your custom home builder provides additional blocking and framing in the shower and bath area to support any necessary grab bars.  Even if you're planning to install grab bars later, this will allow easy future installation. 

Grab bars can be white, chrome, brightly colored, or finished in alternate finishes, depending on taste and budget

Experienced Accessible Home Builders –

Stanton Homes is an industry leading accessible, universal, certified Aging in Place and VA-approved Specially Adapted Housing custom home builder.

Whether you start with a plan that is designed for accessibility, ask us to modify or create a new plan, we can build in wider hallways and doorways, entry ways, turning radius, non-slip flooring, ramps and walkways, special lighting, roll out or pull out shelving, easy grope door, faucet and drawers, accessible switches, no step entries, roll-in showers, ADA roll-under countertops and work spaces, and whatever else you need. 
Accessible Bathroom Shower Designs | Wheelchair Accessible Homes

 

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