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.
This home was designed by Mr.Schwab and recently built in Myrtle Beach SC.It is plan # UD 3390 on page 85 from the plan book.
Life -Span living in your own home..for a lifetime.
Home Design services based on the Principles of Universal Design.
This is Better Living Home Design.
Universal Designed "Smart" Homes for the 21st Century 102 Home Plans you can order and build.
By Charlie M Schwab, AIA,CAPS,CGP
(not affiliated with the brokerage firm)
We work with you personally to design your home or home addition with attention to your specific site and climate and with Life-Span features based on the Principles of Universal Design. Mr. Schwab is also a Certified Green Professional (CGP/ NAHB) and we design with sustainability details and specifications, or even more energy saving methods if you wish. We work throughout the USA and CA would be happy to work with you wherever you are. If you wish to live in your own home for the rest of your life and would like a home that is Life- Span Designed, where you can live independently with health, wellness,and complete access, you have arrived at the right place. Energy saving design and good indoor air quality go hand in hand with Universal Design and will also increase your life longevity. We would like to be of service and work with you. Please contact Mr. Schwab personally: 563-359-7524 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Plan book and articles have been featured in, The Wall Street Journal, Bi-monthly column titled Around The House in PN Magazine , written by Mr. Schwab.(The magazine of and for the Paralyzed Veterans of America.), Annually in June in EP /Exceptional Parent Magazine, and coming soon again Summer of 2015 in Special Living Magazine, New Mobility Magazine, Canada's Quest Magazine, www.Stroke-Network.com and more.
This is America's first collection of Universal Designed, Sustainable & Multi-Generation home plan designs. Since they are based on the Principles of Universal Design, they are usable and truly livable 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 features a very informative Room-by -Room features and benefits section. This is very helpful for existing home remodels, additions and home -modifications. You can also include portions of plans in your remodel designs. The plans are currently designed with the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) but we can design per your location. We are also designing with the new 2012 energy building codes as is now required in Iowa,Illinois,North Carolina, to name a few states around the country.
The home plans, book design, text and details are original by Charles M. Schwab Architect AIA,CAPS,CGP American Institute of Architects, Certified Aging in Place Specialist, Certified Green Professional.
Book front Cover: All of the plans are fully accessible and barrier free.
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Books are all now signed by the author and $59.95. Order today while we still have them in stock. This book edition will not be reprinted.If you would like a special message on your signed book, please e-mail email@example.com and Mr. Schwab is happy to do so.
There has been confusion as Amazon re-sellers are selling them for up to $125 or more used. We do not earn income from those sales and are not resposible for those prices. We raised our price as well in an effort to discourage "flipping" of books. We are here to help you live Independently with Universal Design. We appologize for any confusion regarding Amazon book sales.
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1) As a courtesy and to help you research financing and/or funding options, We will include a list of available National and State grant and financing resources.
We will also rebate the total cost of the book plus shipping and handling if you order a plan from the book and retain us, Life Span Home Designs LLC, to design a custom home, multi-plex, remodel or addition. Consulting services are also included with a min of 8 hours of service at the hourly rate. Call to ask hourly rate at time services are needed if interested.
Please note: Amazon has Mr. Schwab's name listed incorrectly as Charles R. Schwab, who is the stock broker, The proper name is Charles M. Schwab and of no affiliation of the former.
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We often say: "The plan book is the best place to start". We also design custom Life-Span homes and home additions based on the Principlesof Universal Design. Every project will be uniquely yours as most everyone has specific personal needs, site planning specifics and setbacks etc. The idea is to live the rest of your life in your own home.
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. This is also useful for remodels and home-modifications. A four page resources and references section is included and very useeful. We are here to answer any questions you may have by email CharlesSchwab@UniversalDesignOnline.com or calling 563-359-7524. To order by mail: send a check for $59.95 plus $5.05 S/H, (USPS priority) = $65.00 to: Life Span Home Designs LLC ,738 River Drive, Bettendorf, Iowa, 52722
Line Artwork, Book Design, Home plans and written text is by Charles M. Schwab Architect and Author, AIA, CAPS CGP ISBN: 0-9748559-1-X
Charles's Mentor and friend Wally Dutcher. Charles works with Wally to make sure your home works for a lifetime.
Charles and Assoc. Nancy McKay at a Philli. trade show meet and greet/booksigning.
"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 millions of dollars or more.
To learn how, read the Oct 2012 article, please click the pdf icon and the additional studies below.
Charles Schwab Architect AIA , PN/ Paraplegia News Magazine Oct 2012
This article titled No Place like Home published Oct 2012 in PN Magazine proposes a Life Span Home Building/ Remodeling incentive idea that could save home owners and ultimately the country, millions or more dollars in long term health care costs.This article has been heavily reviewed by the private sector as well as state and local governments.
This Universal Design home was designed by Mr. Schwab and completed in 2008 Bristal CT.
Universal Designed "Smart"Homes,for the 21stCentury.
Smart features of the homes include energy efficient design and sustainable building practices.The home plans are also specified with Sustainable building products as well as clean indoor air products. FEMA has given us permission to include their engineered safe-room drawings if you are interested in including one. These are included free of charge and may also be ordered from FEMA directly by anyone. These drawings are NOT part of our copyrighted drawings and are supplied to you in their original copy format. Each floor plan is designed with an integral, yet optional safe-room. Only the wall thicknesses will vary if you chose not to include them. 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 duplexes. You have the option of all foundation types. 6 inch stud wall or concrete block framing is standard. Other exterior framing types are available upon request. The 20 room- by -room list of features and benefits at the back 20 pages of the book is more than a simple list of Universal Design features. It is a what and why explanation of these features. This is included in an effort to be of use to designers, homebuilders, and home remodel and addition builders, students andhomeowners alike. A year lived longer in your own home can easily offset the additional costs of the Universal Design 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 nursing home care. If you have long term care insurance those benefits will endure longer. Your home will probably increase in resale value as 76 million baby boomers seek these features as they age. 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.