A Family Embraces Universal Design in Creating the Perfect Getaway

by on February 8, 2017

Homeowners design their Washington family vacation home to be accessible for their daughter with special needs and a mother in a wheelchair

by Becky Harris

Houzz Contributor

This family’s vacation home, in the Suncadia Resort of Washington state, had some special requirements — the daughter has special needs, and the mother of one of the homeowners is in a wheelchair. Universal design with the appropriate access and clearances was paramount. Architect David Clinkston and interior designer Barbara Hyde Evans teamed up, creating a wide-open space that incorporates the kitchen, family room, game area, dining room and storage for their daughter’s medical equipment with seamless modern-lodge style. At the same time, there is clear and well thought-out access for how the family functions, whether Dad is cooking in the kitchen with everyone around, Mom is leading the family in a board game, the whole group has gathered to watch a movie after a day outside in the snow, or they are extending the dining table for meals with extended family.