The only thing I would add to the above response, is a large storage closet. Not all equipment gets used at the same time, and it would be nice to have a place to put lesser used items. This seems to be the one mistake (so far at least) that we made with the addition we did to our house. Also, electrical outlets in the closet for chargers would also help a lot.
These are great suggestions - Thank you!!!
We have the option to do a build for a 2-story home with straight stair case that would cost us $20-25K less than a ranch model. We loose out on a study and guest room options with a ranch within our budget. The 2-story gives us all of that but would require a stair lift no matter what. Which would you recommend then - 2 story with all the rooms we want and a straight stair case OR a rancher with the minimal required amount of rooms (no finished basement then) but no requirement for lift unless we build out the basement.
A lot of things I have read advise against stair lifts because they are not rated for power chair weight. I did some looking around and found that a residential elevator average cost is about fifteen thousand dollars. This would still save money over the ranch, but allow the features you want.
We researched the lifts and you are totally right! Now I have heard that elevators can be high maintenance and costly because of it. Anyone else heard or experienced this too? My Aunt's friend is moving out of her home because of how often the elevator needed repairs.
We just had an elevator installed in Feb., and it cost $16,000 (spit level, 3 stops: entry level, basement, first floor), which automatically ate the house adaptation grant we got for it (Canada-Quebec). We are paying about 35 thousand out of pocket for everything : door widening, front door lowering, eliminate sills, redoing walkway paving stones to get rid of curbs and widen driveway for van parking , regrade for wheelchair use (not done yet, waiting for spring/summer). There are other grants but it depends on your income.
We moved from a 3 storey cottage as the estimated costs there to make the entire house accessible was 65-70 thousand. Both bathrooms were too small to be adapted easily. The other option they presented us was to create a special "bachelor pad" addition with adapted bathroom/shower and its own entry on the ground floor (about $20 thousand if I remember correctly), but it seemed small and he wouldn't have access to more than the living/dining and kitchen area, when we had family space in the basement too, with all the electronics/games. It also meant his bedroom would be off the kitchen, down one floor and across the entire house from the rest of the families bedrooms. Didn"t seem right or fair. But it might be a good option in the right house.
New to the elevator experience, but it runs on batteries, so short power outages shouldn't cause a problem. Reassured that there is a phone right in it for emergency calls. Will let you know.
Good luck with this Andrea!!! I look forward to hearing how it goes
Anyone know of funding for home modifications in the US and/or Colorado?
Great question Liisa! We got a few other pieces of advice from some of our friends on Facebook: