Ellen Happ Architect

Accessible Home

The challenge here was to find a way to make a multi-level home completely accessible for my client in a wheelchair, without sacrificing in any way the handsome details of the house or the expansive views from the living room. The home, originally designed by Doylestown architect Lynn Taylor, has great spaces and is well crafted, but the living room, kitchen and master bedroom are all on different levels.

The addition and renovations I designed include two interior ramps with cherry finishes to match the existing floor and woodwork. Structural changes were made to the existing floor to accommodate the new ramp from the living room to the kitchen. A new cherry railing was crafted to match the original stair railings. I designed a narrow addition to include a ramp from the kitchen down to the master bedroom wing. The bank of double-hung windows and the skylights on this ramp bring natural light into the existing living room and make a sunny transition space between the rooms. A new flagstone terrace at the master bedroom level allows easy access to outdoor dining.

General Contractor: Stephen Rawes

Photos: Taylor Meacham

Site Development & Engineering By Parlee Stumpf