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 in Myrtle Beach. It is plan # UD 3390 on page 85 from the plan book.
Book front Cover: All of the plans are fully accessible and barrier free.
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The Forward is intentionally spelled as such to mean progress and move ahead.
Please feel free to call on the good old fashoned phone any time you like with any questions. Mr Schwab enjoys talking with folks interested in a posible UD home or remodel, and with any questions whatsoever. 563-359-7524.Or if you prefer to email: charlesschwab@UniversalDesignOnline.com
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Mr. Schwab with his friend and "Expert User" Wally Dutcher
Charles and Assoc. Nancy McKay at a Philli. trade show meet and greet/booksigning.
Life -Span living in your own home..for a lifetime.
Stock home plans and custom design services for remodels and new homes.Our services are universal designed and with sustainability as it relates to your good health and clean indoor air.
This is Better Living Home Design.
Universal Designed "Smart" Homes for the 21st Century 102 Home Plans you can order and build.
(Title of plan book)
By Charlie M Schwab, AIA,CAPS,CGP
We can work with you 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 (UD) and sustainable,green practices. Mr. Schwab is also a Certified Green Professional (CGP) and a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) . We design with both UD and sustainability details and specifications. We work throughout the USA and CA. and we would be happy to work with you. If you wish to live in your own home for the rest of your life and would like a home that is UD, Life- Span Designed, where you can live independently with complete access, you have arrived at the right place. Energy saving design with good indoor air quality go hand in hand with UD. This may increase longevity and bring peace of mind. Please contact Mr. Schwab personally: 563-359-7524 or email@example.com so we may be of service.
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 July in EP /Exceptional Parent Magazine, New Mobility Magazine, Canada's Quest Magazine, www.Stroke-Network.com and more.
This is America's first collection of Universal designed, sustainable, clean air specifications and home plan designs. Since they are based on the Principles of Universal Design, they are usable and 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 in order to understand the rationalle and can be used with a proposed home addition, Home -Modifications as well as New Home specifications.The plans are currently designed with the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) but we can design per your location. The new 2012 energy building codes are now required in Iowa,Illinois,North Carolina, and more 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.
"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.
To learn how, read the Oct 2012 article, please click the pdf icon and the additional studies below. Please also visit the articles by Schwab button at left to read a similar article with even more detail.
Charles Schwab Architect AIA , PN/ Paraplegia News Magazine Oct 2012
This article titled No Place like Home,written by Mr. Schwab, published Oct 2012 in PN Magazine proposes a Life span home building/ remodeling incentive idea that could save home owners and ultimately the country, billions of dolars in long term health care costs.This article has been reviewed by the private sector as well as state and local governments. In 2014 the IRS then did their own study under the Affordable Care Act and determined that for the cost of 1 person sent to a nursing home they could service 3 people who stayed at home for the same cost.
This Universal Design home was designed by Mr. Schwab and completed in 2008 Bristal CT.
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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 $39.95 plus $5.05 S/H, (USPS priority) = $45.00 to: (New Location) Life Span Home Designs LLC, 601 Brady St. Suite 301A, Davenport, Iowa, 52803
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
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.
Special thanks to Roberta Null for inviting me to write her book introduction on Housing with Universal Design Principles.
Please click image above to read the introduction to Universal Design in Housing.
Thank you also to Jon Sanford for asking me to contribute projects to his book as well.
Special thanks to Wendy Jordan for listing my company in her book as a UD specialist.
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. 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. Six inch stud walls or concrete block framing is standard. ICF, SIPS or other (steel) exterior framing types are available upon request. 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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