Home Improvement--General/room redesign for elderly


QUESTION: I have a room that's 11.5 feet X 19.5 feet that I need to redesign for my 96 year old husband. This is the only room on the first floor that would be available for his use. I'm hoping to add a full bath and a closet in the space and need to keep it handicap friendly. Because of the many windows in the room and no way to move the door, the only place I can see to add the closet and bath is in the corner beside the sliding glass door, but I can come up with a way to configure a closet and bath in that space. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

ANSWER: Hello Rubye,

I'd love to help you, but I cannot read the plan that you sent. I wonder if you could please scan it at a higher resolution, and with more contrast, so I can read the dimensions and notes you spent time putting onto the plan. I copied your plan to PaintshopPro, but it was still unreadable.

Thank you!

Diane Plesset, CMKBD, C.A.P.S., NCIDQ
D. P. Design

"See the Possibilities. Create a Positive Difference."

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QUESTION: Sorry, I'll try again. When I open it seems readable, so I can't really tell from my end. Thanks for responding.

ANSWER: Hello, again, Rubye.

I'm sorry to say that I still cannot read the document. I know I can help you. If you cannot scan your sketch so I can read it, let's try another approach: Can you photograph the room multiple times? I'd like to see photos taken with you standing in each corner and photographing the opposite diagonal corner. It will also be helpful to have photos of all four walls, with you standing with your back to a wall to photograph the opposite wall. Is this a possibility? I hope so!

Thank you for your patience.

Happy New Year!

Diane Plesset, CMKBD, C.A.P.S., NCIDQ
D. P. Design
"See the Possibilities. Create a Positive Difference."  

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QUESTION: Dang, so sorry. I'm going to try the floor plan again. I've redrawn it with ink and wrote in bigger print, as well as putting it through my copier three times on the darkest setting. Unfortunately, my SD card reader on my printer isn't working, so I have to try to go with the floor plan. If you can't read it this time, when I go to town next week I'll get a SD reader so I can take pictures. I also have one other idea, but I'll try this one first. Thanks for hanging in there with me. It's been a stressful time for me with my husband in the hospital with pneumonia and I'm not the best with electronics.

Hello, Rubye.

I totally understand your challenging situation. So sorry about your husband. We'll take care of him, together. Thank you for being courageous and persistent.

I saw two messages from you, but wanted to answer them in order, to reassure you that everything will be all right.

More to follow . . .


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I will answer questions about anything to do with bathroom remodeling: design considerations, safety, function, materials (cabinets, countertops, plumbing fixtures and fittings, lighting/switching, heating and ventilation, tile, stone, concrete, tub and shower enclosures, flooring, etc.), saving water, trends, ROI, and appearance.


25+ years as a bath-kitchen design specialist, hundreds of completed bathroom projects (all styles, all investment ranges). Author of "THE Survival Guide: Home Remodeling," co-host of a home improvement program on a local radio station for over three years. Currently hosting "Today's Home" on Lifestyle WebRadio every Sunday afternoon (http://www.todays-home.com).

NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association), NAHB (National Association of Home Builders), PRO (Portland Remodelers' Organization), IDPC (Interior Design Protection Council).

"THE Survival Guide: Home Remodeling" (my book, published in 2003), Designers' Illustrated Magazine, Gentry Magazine, Kitchen-Bath Business Magazine, Kitchen-Bath Design News Magazine,Interior Coordinator Magazine (Japan); San Jose Mercury News, San Mateo Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Statesman Journal, Portland Tribune, Oregonian.

Multiple degrees: Bathroom Design, Residential Interior Design, Kitchen Design, and Lighting Design. Regularly attend classes and seminars to maintain current knowledge about codes, trends, sustainability, new products, etc.

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Awards: Henry Adams Designer of the Year, CoTY, Master Design, Best of the Best, Chrysalis, Excellence (best home in its category), and NABE (best how-to book, 2003). "THE Survival Guide: Home Remodeling" received #1 listing in the City of Chicago publication, "Hiring The Pros".

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