Our Independent Living Solution
Introduction: Glenn T Harris, an experienced built environment specialist, took on the challenge of transforming a traditional residence into an ideal environment for independent living. The client, a middle-aged individual with mobility challenges, sought a space that would not only address their immediate needs but also foster a sense of autonomy and comfort within their home.
Challenges: The initial assessment revealed several challenges that needed addressing. The home lacked accessibility features, such as ramps and widened doorways, making it difficult for the client to navigate freely. Additionally, the bathroom and kitchen required significant modifications to accommodate the client’s mobility aids and ensure a safe and convenient living space.
Solution: Glenn T Harris approached the project with a comprehensive solution design. Collaborating with architects, contractors, and accessibility experts, he devised a plan to create an inclusive environment that prioritised functionality without compromising aesthetics. The design included the installation of ramps, widening of doorways, and the incorporation of smart home technology to enhance the client’s ability to control various aspects of their living space independently.
Implementation: The transformation began with structural modifications to the home, ensuring it met accessibility standards. This included the installation of a custom ramp at the entrance, wider doorways, and a state-of-the-art lift system for easy access between floors. In the kitchen, adaptive features such as lowered countertops and easily accessible storage were implemented. The bathroom was revamped to include a roll-in shower, grab bars, and anti-slip flooring, ensuring a safe and comfortable space.
Results: The transformed home not only met the immediate needs of the client but exceeded expectations. The client reported a significant improvement in their quality of life, expressing newfound confidence and independence within their living space. Glenn T Harris’s innovative approach to built environments showcased the transformative power of thoughtful design in creating homes that cater to individual needs and empower residents to live life on their terms.