Schroeder, Mike and Ann

Shroeder Kitchen

Shroeder Mudroom

Shroeder Laundry

Shroeder Vanity

The Schroeder Residence

The Desire to Age-in-Place Despite an Uncertain Future

Remodeling their home became the best choice for Mike and Ann Schroeder after examining the alternatives and the feasibility of alternative housing. Mike has a degenerative nerve disease that progressively affects mobility. As his wife Ann told Accessibility Design when the project began, "We're not old, we're disabled. We're continuing to live our lives, but how do we do that?" The uncertainty of a prognosis is the biggest challenge in designing for a person with a degenerative disease. With experience in flexible design, Accessibility Design was able to provide a solution that offered options for the future.

Combining Technology and Details to Solve a Problem
A customized integration of specialty products, space planning and architectural features was important in developing a design that would meet the demands of Mike's uncertain future and maintain the beauty of their home. The couple's current hobbies and family-oriented lifestyle were strong considerations as well.

Accessibility Design's solution included:

  • A full home modification including: a master bedroom suite, renovated kitchen/dining area, main level mud-room/laundry room, and a bathroom/therapy area in the basement
  • An open space plan on the main level
  • Raised garden and patio area
  • Two accessible entrances/egress routes.
  • Custom furniture with an ergonomic design (e.g., bench adjacent to "cubbies" and point-of-use storage in mud-room useable from a sitting position)
  • Elevator with four stops: main level, second level, garage, and basement
  • Two ceiling mounted track systems: one in master bedroom suite, the other in basement bathroom/therapy area

A progressive neurological disease was robbing Mike of the ability to get around the house. So creating an accessible area in our home and planning for the future was a must. Little did we know that Accessibility Design would guide us through the process and help us develop a safe and beautiful home where Mike can live independently as long as possible. Many thanks for our amazing new world!

- Mike and Ann Schroeder

"Schroeders undertake major renovations to make house handicap accessible."
Stephanie Ariganello, St. Anthony Bulletin

Minneapolis, MN 55426 USA 952.925.0301

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