Sam Clark Design

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Featured Project: The Horton House
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This kitchen is about as simple as cabinetry gets, while still providing the drawers I think are essential.

This kitchen is about as simple as cabinetry gets,
while still providing
the drawers I think are essential.
Posts, cabinet doors, even drawer pulls have been
eliminated. This is an accessible kitchen, but in
anothersituation the spaces between these simpl
e drawer bases could easily be filled with open shelves.
This has always been one of my favorite kitchen
projects, and one of the least expensive. It's very
easy to work in this kitchen.

Accessible features: lowered counter, large kneespace, flush cooktop, tabletop oven.

Accessible features: lowered counter, large
kneespace, flush cooktop, tabletop oven.

The low shelves are very easy to reach, and the outlets are moved forward. The slot under the counter is for cutting boards.

The low shelves are very easy to reach,
and the outlets are moved forward.
The slot under the counter is for cutting boards.

Accessible Kitchens

I'm an advocate of Universal Design, the idea that any building project should be designed so that anyone can use the space, now and in the future.

We've done many accessible kitchens and incorporate accessible features in all our kitchens. Several of the kitchens pictured here are fully accessible, and many features of accessible kitchens (lots of drawers, a place to work seated, lower positioning of wall shelves), can make any kitchen design better. Recently we worked on an accessible kitchen at the Horton House at the Highlander Research and Education Center. I have featured it on my featured project page.

If you have an accessible project, let's talk by phone.

 

Kitchen designed for future wheelchair use. Doors lift off, kickspace pops off, and the flooring already runs back to the wall. Mouse over to see it accessible IBW.


Kitchen designed for future wheelchair use. Doors lift off, kickspace pops off,
and the flooring already runs back to the wall. Mouse over to see it accessible IBW.


Horton Kitchen

The Horton House kitchen can be reconfigured easily for different users.

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The larger part of the kitchen is set up in the usual way. The right side is set up as a "mini-kitchen" with it's own sink and cooktop, for a disabled daughter.
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Maria has a raised platform, with a small rolling chair, that gives her a comfortable working height at her work area.

A standard, ADA compliant accessible kitchen won't work for every disabled person.  It's better to design a kitchen for the people who will use it



 


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