Designer Bailey Austin proves that accessibility and beautiful design can go hand-in-hand. The recently-retired homeowners were looking for a new abode where they could live comfortably for years to come — and that’s exactly what she did. “You could be in a wheelchair or a walker and comfortably maneuver throughout the space,” says the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based designer. For example, in the bathroom, Bailey reinforced all of the walls, so if the homeowners need to install grab bars, they can do so with ease. Plus, cabinetry can be removed for a wheelchair to easily turn in the space.
Aside from making the home’s architecture completely ADA-accessible (Americans with Disabilities Act — meaning the home is accessible for non-able bodied people), she also payed close attention to the overall “New Southern” design. “It feels fresh, it’s light, but it still has those traditional details,” says Bailey.
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