The Schneider family home in Montgomery had brought many, many years of happy memories. Mr. and Mrs. Schneider raised their four children there and are now grandparents.
Mrs. Schneider, however, had come to the humbling realization that the home she loves was getting harder and harder to live in. With knee problems making it increasingly difficult to navigate the stairs up to the second-floor master bedroom and bath and down to the basement laundry area, she had to literally plan her trips up and down the stairs. I will never forget her comment to me: “I used to be able to fly up and down those steps, two at a time. I just can’t do it anymore.” I could sense and see her frustration.
After she contacted Legacy Builders Group, we met with Mrs. Schneider to talk about her situation and the need to make some changes to help her now and to plan for the future. We partnered together through the design process and, after several renditions, we took our analysis and finalized the best way for the Snyders to live more comfortably in their home.
Barrier free design enhances comfort and ensures safety. For example, the Schneider home changes included a barrier free shower with designer grab bars as well as hand held shower and built-in shower seat with two separate control valves. Doors now have wider openings and there are minimal thresholds at exterior doors. Adaptive design features in the bathroom and laundry room and strategically placed lighting add to the effectiveness of the barrier free development.
In addition to a master bedroom, bathroom, and screened-in porch, the interior space was also reworked to make room for a first-floor laundry, and the powder room was remodeled as well. The Schneider family home continues its legacy of building good memories for their children and grandchildren.