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2015-12-02 / Business

Clarence company honored for home design

The National Association of Home Builders Remodelers has recognized Accessible Home Solutions, LLC, a Clarence-based company, for excellence in remodeling for its aging-in-place and universal design work.

The firm won the first place Homes for Life Award in the Major Space category for its first-floor addition to the two-story home of a Clarence mother living with multiple sclerosis.

The award was presented to Jill Eppolito, owner of Accessible Home Solutions, at the NAHB annual awards presentation earlier this fall in Chicago. It was in recognition of a 765-square-foot master-suite addition to a Clarence home that included the addition of a first-floor master bedroom and bathroom specifically outfitted to meet the needs of the homeowner, who uses a wheelchair.

Accessible Home Solutions worked with the architect and builder to ensure that the addition was built to meet the current and future needs of the busy mom. Among the features recommended and installed were:

• An integrated ramp, zero-step entry, and safety features on the outside porch and terrace area.

• A bathroom addition that includes a zero-entry shower area with an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant shower valve and anti-scald device and an adjustable slide bar-mounted handheld shower spray hose.

• Wall-hung toilet mounted at custom height and ADA-compliant grab bars.

• Considerations in hardware, shelving, electrical outlets, lighting and other details developed specifically with the homeowner’s needs in mind.

• A remote-control ceiling track lift and body support for independent transfers to and from a bed, chair and bathroom areas.

• A specially designed lift to accommodate transfer from wheelchair into the owner’s in-ground swimming pool.

“Before the renovation, I needed someone to help me with basic daily activities like getting in and out of bed or a chair, taking a shower and getting dressed,” homeowner Margaret Browne said.

“By working Accessible Home Solutions, we were able to transform my home to not only restore my independence, but also add new-found freedoms.”

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