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.
Life -Span living in your own home..for a lifetime.
Home plan 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 Charles M Schwab, AIA,CAPS,CGP (American Institute of Architects, Certified Aging in Place Specialist, Certified Green Professional, NAHB)
We work with you to design your home or home addition with sensitivity to your special environment and with features based on the Principles of Universal Design and Green technologies. We work throughout the USA and would be honored 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, "Green", and with complete access, you have arrived at the right place. We hope you learn from and enjoy this website. I also would like to be of service and work with you. Please contact me personally anytime, Charles: 563-359-7524
The Plan book and articles: As seen in The Wall Street Journal, Bi-monthly in PN Magazine , Annually in EP /Exceptional Parent Magazine, and previously in Special Living Magazine, New Mobility Magazine, Canada's Quest Magazine, www.Stroke-Network.com and more.
This is America's first collection of Inclusive & Multi-Generational home plan designs, based on Universal Design Principles.The plans are also the first to include green technologies in every home. These plans are completely designed for Life Span and Green Living and usable for people of all ages and all abilities. You will notice the open floor plans, lack of steps and thoughtful detailing that works 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 Illinois and in various 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.
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Special Thanks to Roberta Null, author of
Universal Design: Principles and Models, 2011, available on Amazon. She inviting me to write the inroduction to Universal Design in Housing, found on page 4 of the book. Read the original and updated version at right provided as a courtesy to you. Enjoy.
Book front Cover: All of the plans are fully accessible and barrier free.
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I often say: "The plan book is the best place to start". I 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 etc. The idea is to live the rest of your life in your own home.
This is our third edition and as of June 15,we only have 900 left. The book features 102 home plans that can be ordered for construction as well as a 22 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. 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 $39.40 to Charles Schwab, Please write check to: Schwab Publishers, 738 River Drive #10, Bettendorf, Iowa, 52722 Published By Schwab Publishers. Line Artwork, Book Design, Home plans and written text is by Charles M.Schwab Architect and Author ISBN: 0-9748559-1-X Thank You for your order.
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.
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.
To learn more about UD click at right. The articles at right are copyright Charles M. Schwab and may not be reprinted without expressed written consent.
This Universal Design home was designed by Mr. Schwab and completed in 2008 Bristal CT.
"Universal Design In Housing is truly Sustainable as it will decrease the financial burden on future generations."
To learn how and to 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 tax incentive that could save the country tens if not hundreds of billions of dollars in long term health care dollars. It could also create hundreds of thousands of jobs and re-boot the remodeling and housing industries, all at the same time and over long term . It was highly researched and detailed. Please read and let me know yor opinion. Return soon for a new to be released blog.
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.
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