The first universal designed, healthy and green home plans are available as stock plans or custom designed assuring an energy efficient connection with your site.
Designs by Charles M. Schwab, Architect
Universal Design Expert
Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP) Certified Aging in Place Professional (CAPS) Certified Green Professional (CGP)
This home was designed in Myrtle Beach by Mr. Schwab. The above home is plan # UD 3390 on page 85 from the plan book.
All of the homes designed by Mr. Schwab provide no step entries for easy access.
This open plan bathroom alows for easy and independent use.
Book front Cover: All plans are designed for independent and healthy living.
Universal Designed "Smart" Homes for the 21st Century,
102 Plans you can order and build.
Order this innovative and collectible home plan design book while we still have them. All of these plans are still available and fully customizable. More are being created on a regular basis but the best home will be one created for you and your unique property.
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New Book, in perfect out of box condition. $39.00 Fill in number of books at left if you want to use your debit or credit cardto order a book. The book price is rebated when you order a stock or custom plan. I hope to work with you on your home project. ContactCharlesSchwab@UniversalDesignOnline.com to set up the best time that works for you to discuss your project. Or if you like, just call 563-359-7524 any time.
We will also send you a courtesy national & state resource list of potential funding sources and ideas, with each book order.
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Charles and Assoc. Nancy at a Philli. conf. book signing.
We enjoy working with you to design remodels of all sizes.
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This is our third edition of the book.The book features 102 home plans that can be ordered for construction as well as a 25 page room by room features and benefits section that is helpful for new home planning, additions and home-modifications. A four page resources and references section is included and very useful. We are here to answer any questions you may have by email CharlesSchwab@UniversalDesignOnline.com
Read the magazine article below on how billions of dollars could possibly be saved in the USA with universal design tax credit for safer home healthcare and Aging in Place."Universal Design In Housing is truly Sustainable as it will decrease the financial burden on future generations." Read how it could also save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars or even more over time.
The Oct 2012 article explaining this idea, please click the pdf icon and the additional studies below. Also visit the articles by Schwab button at left to read more informative articles. Article published in: PN/ Magazine Oct 2012
This article titled No Place like Home,written by Mr. Schwab, published Oct 2012 in PN Magazine proposes a universal design, home building and remodeling incentive idea that could save home owners and tax payers in long term health care costs.
Universal Designed "Smart" Homes for the 21st Century
102 Home Plans you can order and build.
By: Charles M. Schwab
We will work with you to design your home, commercial building, or addition with specific attention to your building site, climate and with life-span features based on the principles of universal design (UD)and sustainable building practices.
If you wish to live in your own home for the rest of your life,with health and wellness as a core design philosophy,you have arrived at the right place. If you plan to move up in home size or relocate, your home will have a higher resale value as "boomers" may be downsizing and then millenials will be aging at home, all 80 million of them. UD homes are here to stay for generations. So why not invest in your own home and health? The Plan book and articles have been featured in,The Wall Street Journal. A regular Bi-monthly column: Around The House in PN Magazine. Articles by Schwab are included every Summer in EP /Exceptional Parent Magazine and have been read in New Mobility Magazine, Canada's Quest Magazine,www.stroke-network.com and more.
The plan book is America's first collection of universal designed homes combined with sustainable "green" specifications for both energy savings and a focus on clean indoor air for good health. Designs are based on the principles of universal design and are usable for people of all ages and all abilities. You will notice the open floor plans, lack of steps and thoughtful detailing that functions well for everyone.The last 25 pages are a very informative Room-by -Room features and benefits checklist.This is helpful to understand design rationale and could be used with a home addition or home-modifications. We always research codes in your area for compliance and will discuss this with you even before you order a plan from the book or a custom home design.
I like to tell people that "the plans are a good place to start ". The best home design is one that is specifically designed for you with attention to your specific site. However everyone can not afford a custom home from the start. We do however provide custom design and construction document services. The plans are modified to a certain degree if you wish. We provide a proposal and a professional contract for review.
Universal Designed"Smart"Homes for the 21stCentury.
By Charles M. Schwab
The home plans are also specified with sustainable building products as well as clean indoor air products. FEMA has given us permission to include engineered safe-room drawings if you are interested in including one in your home. Several stock plans include them but it is always your choice and we can omit them without additional charge.
Many plans have front elevations with traditional styles such as craftsman, farmhousee, neo -victorian, suburb, andclassical. Some may say these are "outdated". They were intentionally designed for neo-urbanism and in town infill in older cities. Any home can be adapted to a modern exterior look if you wish.The interiors are all modern with their proactive UD space planning.
The plans range in size from 654 sq.ft. to 4850 sq.ft. Several are designed in the a variety of styles. Also included in the book are double-master plans, empty nester plans and duplex.
You have the option of all foundation types. Six inch stud walls or concrete block framing is standard. ICF, SIPS, masonry, concrete block or other exterior framing types are available upon request. At the back of the book is a 25 page list of features and benefits helpful with home remodels, additions and a great tool for universal design, for the home education. This is much more than a simple list of universal design features, it explains the resons for those features. This has been of great use to designers, homebuilders, and home renovation builders, students andhomeowners alike. I is really the back bone of the book and is never outdated.
A year lived longer in your own home can easily offset the additional costs of the universal designed Smart home, when compared to traditional long term housing options. You may save $60,000-$100,000 per year or more as opposed to moving to assisted living or a nursing home. If you have long term care insurance those benefits will endure longer living in your own home. Your home will probably increase in resale value as 76 million baby boomers seek these features as they age. Don't forget the 85 million millenials that will follow the boomers. As we move into the 21st Century the demands on our homes in terms of security, safety,energy efficiency and independent living will continue to be of growing importance.
Enjoy independent and sustainable living in your Universal Designed "Smart" Home.
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Special thanks to Roberta Null for inviting me to write her book introduction on Housing with Universal Design Principles.
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Thank you also to Jon Sanford for asking me to contribute projects to his book as well.
Special thanks to Wendy Jordan for including us in the book.
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