Flip Flop Extension

Redmond, WAshington

Encountering unsettling changes to mobility, eyesight, and memory can be a scary prospect. An increasingly common question we are challenged with is how our clients can age gracefully and in the comfort of their own home. Our clients, already grandparents, have a classic seventies home, with crowded, dimly lit, and poorly accessible spaces, that needed adjustments to help them seamlessly transition into the years ahead. In this project we worked together with their input to establish areas of the house that needed to be addressed immediately and challenges to be prepared for in the future. By improving the flow and accessibility of spaces on the first floor, adding lighting, and redesigning with modifications the kitchen and bathroom we were able to accomplish a method of gradual transition. We worked hard to make adjustments to our clients’ home that did not scream “ADA” but instead sing of a well thought-out seamless design. Our design brings light, fluidity and openness to outdated and increasingly inaccessible spaces. With incorporating age appropriate fixtures, appliances and accessibility features with our architectural designs, the final product allows the couple to age gracefully into the next phase of life.

Architect: Heather R.B. Washburn, AIA
Contractor: Brook & Company GC
Photographer: Michael Hanson