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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Renovations

Since I wrote about making our house more accessible last December, Kyle and I have had an ongoing wish list of things that we want to do to make the house more accessible.
  • Open up the entry way into the family, taking down the half wall
  • Raising the family room floor so that Nick can easily bring his walker into the room
    • I really didn't want to do this. The step down was a feature that I liked in the house. And it was going to cost a lot of money
    • So we had a second idea
  • Make a ramp into the family room (needed some space to do this first)
  • Make a ramp (or something) into the backyard
  • Take out the front hall closet in the foyer. This will give Nick lots of room to move his walker around and open up the front hall space.
  • Put handrails on the walls up the stairs to let Nick hold on both sides and walk up the stairs
  • Put a doorway from our front hall into the garage
  • Add a platform in the garage
  • Get a porch lift and install it inside the garage

This was kind of our list of stuff we wanted to do.
It will open up the house and give Nick total accessibility to take his walker anywhere on the ground floor, and out into the backyard. And it will give some maneuver-ability in the front hall.

We got some quotes for some of the work and were shocked at the prices. Thousands of dollars just to put a door into the garage! We wanted to get some other opinions about how much some of the work would cost, because it seemed exorbitant to us.

Kyle and I have still had differing opinions if we want to access the March of Dimes home and vehicle modification grant, this is $15,000 lifetime maximum for home modifications. I didn't want to limit Nick's availability to money that we spend when he is only 5. I wanted to see how much we could do ourselves, and maybe try to apply for money from Easter Seals (max $3,000) annually and see what we could pay out of pocket ourselves. So then we had to step back, and put thinking on hold.
Then Kyle got laid off (which is part of his job and not unexpected)

We had a wish list and Kyle had some time.
So I came home one day to find this...


Kyle took down the half wall and now our dining room and family room were completely open


Nick loved it, and it opened the space up


We had to move some of the furniture around for awhile, but the kids loved this new seat that was just their size!


The next week was time for the front hall closet.
This is how much space we had


Again, when Kyle knocked down the walls it made more space



That was it for renovations for a bit.
But Kyle has a lot of plans for the week that we are in Florida!

This is our wishlist right now:
  • Open up the entry way into the family, taking down the half wall
  • Make a ramp into the family room (needed some space to do this first)
  • Make a ramp (or something) into the backyard
  • Take out the front hall closet in the foyer. 
  • Put handrails on the walls up the stairs 
  • Put a doorway from our front hall into the garage
  • Add a platform in the garage
  • Get a porch lift and install it inside the garage

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