All of the homes provide no step entries for easy access.
This open plan bathroom alows for easy and independent use.
Universal Designed "Smart" Homes for the 21st Century 102 Home Plans you can order and build (NOW 130 PLANS- see below)
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America's first collection of Multi-Generational home plan designs, based on Universal Design Principles. Every room in these plans are designed for Life Span Living and usable for people of all abilities.They are inclusive and "designed for all". These homes provide better living for anyone who prefers to stay in their own home, live independently and "Age in Place". They are designed to blend seamlessly and appeal as any other home without ever noticing they are universal designed. However,You will notice the lack of steps and accessible detailing designed for easy comfortable living. The plans also include "Green" construction details with every home design. The plans are currently designed with the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC). We are also designing with the new, 2012 energy /building codes. The choice is yours.
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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We often say: "The plan book is a great place to start". Nonetheless our specialty is custom Life -Span homes and remodels based on the principles of Universal Design. Every project will always be uniquely yours as most everyone has specific personal needs, site planning matters etc. The idea is to live the rest of your life in your own home. We design homes throughout the USA & Canada. We will discuss your project in detail from start to finish.
Authorship and home designs by Charles M. Schwab Architect, American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) Certified Green Professional (CGP) 50's Plus Housing Council Member (NAHB) These home designs will provide sustainable independent living and peace of mind as if you choose to stay in your own home and Age in Place. This is America's first home plan book that includes Universal Design and Green energy efficient homes for life-span living, standard in every home plan. This is the Third edition. 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 emailing or calling 563-359-7524. When you would like to order the book over our secure shopping cart, using any card type, please click once on the buy button. The book is now $29.95 plus $9.45 s&h ($39.40 total). The cost for USPS Express mail is $55.00. Books usually ship within 24-48 hours. To order by mail: send a check for $39.40 to; Schwab Publishers, 738 River Drive #10, Bettendorf, Iowa, 52722 Published By Schwab Publishers Line Artwork, Book Design, Home plans and written text by Charles M.Schwab ISBN: 0-9748559-1-X When ordering, please be careful to check the final number "1" in Quantity ordered when you are sent to the CheckOut.com website. If you click more than once when re-directed to the shopping cart it will add a book with each click. Also, please be careful to make sure you are selecting the correct currency.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.
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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."
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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 SmartHomes,for the 21stCentury. As seen in the following: www.stroke-network.com, regular column contributor for PN Magazine, The official magazine of the Paralyzed Veterans of America since Oct 2010, and bi monthly in 2013, www.pvamagazine.com Special Living Magazine, Oct.2010 www.Specialiving.comEP/Exceptional Parent Magazine, June 2009, July-2007 www.eparent.comNew Mobility Magazine, April 2007,www.newmobility.comThe Wall Street Journal, Feb14 2003Abilities Magazine in Canada, March 2004. www.abilities.caQuest Magazine, March 2004.
The 102 home plans in this book are based on Universal Design principles and designed to work for people of all ages and all abilities. 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 framing is standard and per ENERGY STAR. 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,remodeling/home-modificationcontractors,students andhomeowners alike. A fully inclusive universal designed home may include an increase of 1-5 percent to the typical cost of construction compared to a home of the same size without Universal Design (UD) features. A UD home designed on a slab may be as little as a few hundred dollars more. 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 your benefits will last longer. Medicare and Medicaid programs could also see savings as more people live longer in their own homes. 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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