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
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.