Entrance and Deck
The front of the cabin is level with the stabilized
soil drive and entry walk. d
- The front of the cabin is level with the drive for easy access. The natural
look of a dirt path was maintained while making the surface firm in all
weather conditions with the addition of a concrete mix. Stone edging the
path serves as a guide curb for people with limited or no vision.
From the deck at the rear of the cabin one gets
a clear view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. d
- The deck at the back overlooking the mountains is connected by a five-foot
wide wrap-around walk, allowing entrance from either the front or back of
the cabin. Although wood, it doubles as an emergency egress route.
View from the front door looking toward kitchen
showing cathedral ceiling and large glassed-in gables. d
- To give a more spacious feel to the cabin, traditional flat ceilings were
omitted and cathedral-style ceilings created by covering the rafters with
1 X 6 pine.
- By not over furnishing the cabin, the open floor space makes maneuvering
in a wheelchair easier and works well for people with low vision by minimizing
unexpected tripping hazards.
- Wall plugs and light switches are set at convenient heights, within the
range of 20 to 44 inches.
Doors and Windows
- All doorways are at least 36-inches wide with level thresholds and lever
- Large expanses of glass fill the gable ends of the roof and allow more
natural light to fill the rooms than in traditional mountain cabins. The
amount of light facilitates use of the cabin for people with reduced vision.
- Casement windows are set low and are equipped with easy-to-turn crank
handles and low-mounted locks.
- A pass-through window from the kitchen facilitates dining on the deck.
Living and Kitchen Area
Bay window adds to the interior square footage and
increases the level of natural light. d
- A large bay window replaces the original cabin doorway, adds to the available
maneuvering space just inside the new front door, and creates a well-lighted
Gas fireplace on wall between the living area and
bedroom heats both rooms. d
- A gas fireplace adds to the ambience and eliminates the necessity of
chopping and hauling firewood. It sits on a stone slab with edges chiseled
back so as not to interfere with maneuvering within the room and access
to the door. The thermostat is positioned within easy reach on the doorframe
and set at 44 inches above the floor.
Cooktop with knee space and up-front controls in
34-inch high counter allows standing and seated people to cook.
- The cooktop has up-front easy-to-reach controls and knee space below.
The countertop oven is usable by all--standing, seated, children, and people
with limited reach.
The corner sink has a lever faucet and usable counter
space on both sides. The hand pump is a sculpture.d
- Counter heights are 34 inches with a 7-inch toe space below base cabinets.
The corner sink is shallow with a lever faucet. Its location in the corner
places more counter space within easy reach of a person in a fixed position
in front of the sink. This location reduces required movements and facilitates
food flow from preparation area to the cooktop.
- The overhead cabinet is reachable from a seated position with one open
Stacking washer and dryer with easy access into
the washer and controls for both within reach. d
- As the cabin is intended to be a weekly rental, it is expected that only
minimal laundry will be done. The stacking washer and dryer are just off
the kitchen--a wheelchair user can reach into the washer as well as reach
the controls for both washer and dryer.
Carefully selected and placed furniture allows all
users full access to the bedroom. d
- Furniture is placed to avoid overcrowding and allow access and transfer
from either side of the bed.
- The antique dresser was selected because it has a high toe space and
the mirror tilts to allow viewing by seated and standing users.
The lavatory with ample knee space allows close
approach to the sink basin and lever faucet control. d
- Access to the bathroom is via a 3-foot wide pocket door from the bedroom.
The pocket door eliminates a swinging door that would obstruct valuable
- The lavatory knee space is 3-feet 6-inches wide because the minimum of
2-feet 6- inches specified in many codes and standards is too narrow and
confining for comfortable use. Supply and drain lines are insulated. The
mirror accommodates both standing and seated users.
Curbless shower area is equipped with both a fixed
overhead shower and a hand-held showerhead on 5-foot flexible hose.
- A waterproof membrane is under the entire shower and bathing area making
it possible to have a curbless shower. Water temperature and flow controls
are set at 34 inches. A hand-held shower is provided in addition to the
fixed overhead shower. Shower seat and grab bars are planned for future
- The electric heater for the room also warms the towels.
- Unobstructed clear floor space around the toilet provides users of mobility
devices the opportunity to execute the kind of approach and transfer that
is the most familiar, easiest, and safest to complete. When the maneuvering
space is not needed, decorative or storage elements can be placed in the
- Walls are sufficiently constructed to locate grab bars where desired.
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