2019 Master Design Awards: Universal Design

by Kyle Clapham


Designs Anew Houston LLC
Seabrook, Texas

Project name:
Flood Remodel
Project location: Webster, Texas
Square footage before: 1,370
Square footage after: 1,528
Project cost: $180,000


A hurricane flooded the ranch-style 1980s home in the summer of 2017 and, after tearing out the sheet rock and drying the house out, it sat empty for several months. All of the finishes, fixtures and appliances needed to be replaced. Because the owner is a 70-year-old quadriplegic who uses an electrical wheelchair, furthermore, the house could now be renovated to better meet her needs.

Universal design played a prominent role in all of the rooms, especially in the kitchen and baths. Some areas required additional accessibility, such as the toilet, which needed the seat lifter that the client has used for many years since the new models do not work for her limited ability to transfer. The project turned an impractical space into a convenient and safe environment for her to age in.

Products installed

Tile: Tesoro; Daltile; Soho Studio Mosaic
Flooring: Mainstreet
Lighting: Possini Lighting
Paint/stain: Sherwin-Williams
Cabinetry: Omega
Countertop: Caesarstone
Kitchen sink: Moen
Faucets: Delta
Range: Bosch
Exhaust hood: GE
Oven: Frigidaire
Dishwasher: Bosch
Toilet: Kohler
Shower: Delta
Shower faucet: Delta
Bath sink: Nameek
Sink faucet: Moen
Home control system: Amazon Alexa

Photos: Brian Vogel Photography


ONE eleven ltd.
Las Vegas, Nev.

Project name:
Crib Point Universal Design Home
Project location: Las Vegas, Nev.
Square footage: 2,334


The couple wanted a home that would add expansive quality of life and direct the focus away from their physical limitations, allowing them to concentrate on living full lives no matter their abilities. They wanted an open concept that provided a light, airy, spacious feel and allowed the freedom of movement with full accessibility for both of them as well as guests.

The company catered to the individual limitations by adding accessible accommodations within the home. The kitchen has two sink work stations: one for someone who prefers to stand while using, and the other can be used at a seated position. The clearances around the kitchen island were strategically designed at a spacious 42 inches wide, allowing a wheelchair enough room to turn 360 degrees easily.

Products installed

Showplace Cabinetry | Natural Maple | EVO frameless Cabinets
Maple Butcher Block | Floating shelves
Carrera Marble | 3×6 backsplash
Silstone Countertops | White Zeus
Arizona Tile | Aequa-Series NIX | floor tile
Paint color by Sherwin Williams “City Loft”
Solid Cabinetry | Envii Line | Rustic Oak
Glass Panels HG-I heavy plate frameless shower enclosure with ⅜” clear tempered glass
Tub-60″ Drop-In Soaking Bathtub with additional insulation for energy saving and added warmth ??
Moen Fixtures
Arizona Tile | Reside Beige | field tile 12×24
Arizona Tile | Reside Ash | wall to wall Niche 12×24

Photos: Chris Wessling | Downstairs Loft Creative, LLC


Corinthian Fine Homes
Indianapolis, Ind.

Project name:
Mid-Century Modern ADA Retrofit
Project location: Indianapolis, Ind.
Square footage before: 2,542
Square footage after: 3,440


Due to a spinal cord injury resulting in the young client being wheelchair bound, the young married couple was looking to purchase their first home. They fell in love with a midcentury modern home and hired the company to design and make it ADA compliant while maintaining the integrity of the original design. Their hope was for the company give them a home that allowed the husband access to all areas in a functional way, while planning for the future of children and their new large dog.

The company took into account how they would entertain and comfortable spaces for them to grow into, all while keeping to the style of midcentury modern, even utilizing wooden wall tiles which it was able to remove and reapply in new locations. It determined the most efficient and functional design was to convert the existing two-car garage into the new master suite with a master bath and closet.

The company then added a new 2-1/2 car garage at an oblique angle to comply with zoning setbacks and easements. The driveway and pitch of the garage floor were taken into consideration to eliminate the need for any ramps at the garage entrance. The rear hall and doorways were widened for wheelchair accessibility, and the living room, dining room, and kitchen walls were removed for a wide-open feel. The company also opened the ceiling by cathedraling the living and dining room ceilings.

Products installed

Plumbing fixtures: Delta

Photos: The Home Aesthetic

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