Name: Bill Macmillan
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Here is a progression of photos taken during a recent vertical platform lift (wheelchair lift) installation near Boston. It’s a 4′ Savaria Multilift -which in this case will do the same job as a 40+ foot long aluminum ramp (the alternative solution).
It’s a pretty typical installation. We usually need to excavate a site for a concrete pad strong enough to support the lift, install a retaining wall, and almost always have to raise the porch or deck height to the entry door threshold height (removing ALL of the steps from the path of travel).
Here is a very interesting article in the NY Times, by Katie Hafner.
We just finished a bathroom renovation project for a couple of sisters -one of whom was returning from rehab in a wheelchair and could not navigate the bathroom or stairs to her bedroom. The ladies are in their early nineties and have had trouble keeping up with maintenance on their home so a local social welfare organization called us in to assess the house. After confirming that we could make the bath accessible and create a space for them to live on the first floor, we were asked to start the job. Here is a glimpse of the transformation.
A recent challenge we had was to turn this bathroom, a 4’6″ wide by 7’2″ deep “full” bath into an accessible bath for an aging couple planning to live on the first floor of their 2 story home. It was a tall order.
but we were able to turn it into this:
Including wider door, shallower vanity (with removable cabinet if they need to access the sink in a wheelchair), wall-mount toilet, recessed shelving and medicine cabinet and a wheel chair accessible shower with room for a caretaker to help.
We are thrilled with our recent appearance on Ask This Old House! Rick Castino knocked it out of the park, doing what we do. We are so proud to be able deliver the kind of common-sense and affordable solutions families need to stay in their homes.
Putting the finishing touches on a beautiful bathroom we designed and built for a boy on the south shore.
His mom needed a Hoyer lift to get the boy out of bed and into the shower – which is in the only bathroom in the house. We were able to design a double pocket door so that the track for the lift could operate, and give bathroom users privacy.
There were some challenges to this project but the crew persevered and the results are awesome!
We’re in Norfolk County and a really cool shower is beginning to take shape. We’ve added on to a home –adding a therapy room, bathroom, closet and really big shower for a special young lady. We will keep you posted as the progress on this project moves forward.