The Accessible Home goes beyond ramps and grab-bars to help aging boomers, or those faced with disabilities, accomplish home accessibility on a deeper level. Architect Deborah Pierce leads readers through the steps of universal design—from hiring the right architect to creating a pleasing space with the final details. Plus, an insider’s look at 25 case studies shows that the best design is built in, not tacked on, and that “accessible” can be both beautiful and functional.The Accessible Home empowers people of all ages and challenges them to create homes that restore independence and the grace of daily living.
The home of the future will be a place for people of all ages and abilities--designed with transparent functionality and an inviting, universal aesthetic. Until then, The Accessible Home stands as the roadmap to the universal home. Deborah Pierce presents an elegant overview of the accessibility basics to show homeowners a menu of options--urban, suburban, and even rural. The book celebrates independence, comfort, and graceful living; it empowers people to become involved in the evolution of home design.
--Sam Maddox, Knowledge Manager, The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
Inspiring, visionary, and yet totally down to earth. This is a must-read for anyone designing the home of a lifetime.
--Hugh Delehanty, co-author of Caring for Your Parents: The Complete Family Guide
Deborah Pierce has created an inspired, beautiful, and practical book. The Accessible Home will be appreciated by the person/family newly struggling with the realities of changes in her, his, or their abilities as well as the experienced designer needing guidance. I’ve been reviewing and critiquing books on accessible design for 30 years; this is the most complete home design book I’ve ever seen. It illustrates the alchemy that occurs in a respectful partnership between designers and their clients.
--Elaine Ostroff, Hon. AIA, Founding Director, Institute for Human Centered Design (Adaptive Environments)
This book shows us that an accessible house can incorporate beautiful design and meet the functional needs of the people who live there through their lifespan. It’s refreshing to see that access is interpreted widely and includes design for better hearing. 17% of Americans have hearing loss and they will love the acoustical treatments, natural light, round tables, and looped spaces that make communication easier and entertaining fun again.
--Brenda Battat, Executive Director, Hearing Loss Association of America
The Accessible Home is a comprehensive approach to designing living spaces for people with disabilities from an individualized perspective. It is especially gratifying to see detailed attention paid to the often misunderstood or overgeneralized needs of active lifestyle wheelchair users. I've been waiting to see a book like this for a long time."
--Tim Gilmer, Editor, New Mobility magazine
With The Accessible Home, Deborah Pierce has delivered the evidence that well-designed homes can integrate function without forfeiting style. She not only shares a practical framework for thinking differently about how our homes can minimize limitations, she also inspires us with detailed case studies from across the nation. We all relish the fantasy of a home that expresses our best selves. In The Accessible Home, Deborah Pierce delivers abundant proof that the dream is very much available for anyone with a functional limitation. She illustrates the practical steps to guide a fresh way of thinking and shares the details that are key not only to homes that work but also delight.
--Valerie Fletcher, Executive Director, Institute for Human Centered Design
Architect Deborah Pierce gives us a book full of beautiful photographs and creative plans that heralds an exciting future for home design. She dispels many misconceptions and explains clearly how accessible homes are elegant, more functional, and safer for people of all ages and abilities.
--Laura Montllor, Architect, AIA, Executive Director, HomeFreeHome.org