Karen & Dave's Accessible Renovation

Karen & Dave's Accessible Renovation

Heather Blaha
Apr 5, 2011
Name: Karen Braitmayer & Dave Erskine (Architect and Marine Mechanic) Location: Magnolia — Seattle, Washington Size: 1,800 square feet Years lived in: 15 — owned since 1996 Working alongside Röm Architecture Studio, fellow architect Karen Braitmayer's goal was to make her family's Seattle home functional, user-friendly, and comfortable — while accommodating daily accessibility needs for two wheelchair users. The home's 1954 MCM roots evolved into a home of today — lived-in with very specific personal requirements, desires and tastes. The renovation's result: an open-air stunner! Rather than adding any square footage, the two architects instead utilized previously unused space for accessibility features such as open knee spaces, a side-opening oven, pull-out cabinets, and various sliding doors. The renovations read just as beautiful as they are multi-functional: the curbless shower, varying installation types/heights for bathroom vanities, and streamlined curbless exterior entries and doors, all add to the home's stunning flow and purposeful living. Apartment Therapy Survey: Our Style: Clean, streamlined, colorful, a place for everything Inspiration: Classic mid-century furnishings mixed with eclectic pieces Favorite Element: Toss up between the master bath shower and my mixer shelf Biggest Challenge: Our family consists of two wheelchair users of different statures and one standing adult. How to accommodate everyone's reach and comfort zone was the big puzzle. What Friends Say: What an amazing view! Biggest Embarrassment: How much is shoved in the few closets and drawers we have. With no basement or attic, storage is at a premium. Biggest Indulgence: Our new powered window blinds — remote controlled means no more climbing. Resources of Note: GENERAL
    • Floor: clear-stained red oak • Cabinets: clear-stained white oak • Countertops: honed Cambrian black granite • Windows: Lindal • Exterior doors: Marvin • Interior doors: Simpson • Door levers: Baldwin • Sliding door, pulls: Omnia • Sliding door, edge pulls: Reveal Designs • Cabinet pulls: Mockett • Paint: Benjamin Moore

    • Sink: custom stainless steel by Kollmar Sheet Metal • Faucet: Kohler • Oven: Fagor • Refrigerator: KitchenAid • Cooktop: Fisher • Dishwasher: Miele • Tile: Ann Sacks • Light fixtures: Progress Lighting (paintable dropped cans)

    • Shower drain: Quickdrain • Toilet: Toto • Sinks: Duravit • Sink faucets: Cifial • Shower heads: Hansgrohe • Shower controls: Cifial • Tile: Statements

    • Sink: Dick's Restaurant Supply • Faucet: Kohler • Floor: Marmoleum

Thanks, Karen & Dave! Design: Röm Architecture Studio Images: Kathryn Barnard • HOUSE TOUR ARCHIVE Check out past house tours here • Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy? Contact the editors through our House Tour Submission Form. • Are you a designer/architect/decorator interested in sharing a residential project with Apartment Therapy readers? Contact the editors through our Professional Submission Form.
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