Universal Designed "Smart "Homes for the 21st Century.
Homes that are adaptable to your family's changing needs for generations, providing sustainable, independent living and peace of mind. Client Testimonials, Letters of Appreciation and Book Reviews.
On Jan 2, 2009 Ms. Connie M. wrote from Bloomington Indiana
"Dear Charles, I thought you would like to know my Dad enjoyed the house you designed for us for exactly two years and died in a car wreck a month ago. My Mom has two broken legs and a 60% chance of recovery but might use a wheelchair the rest of her life. The features in the UD home you designed for us will probably be appreciated more than we ever dreamed of. Have a good new year. Best, Connie"
On Jan 5, 2010 Ms. Connie M. wrote back again: "Dear Charles, Mom is doing remarkably well considering all she has been through. Mom was in the nursing home for 4 months and then returned home. She had in home health care help until August 2009 and has been living independently since. If she had been living in the old tri-level home,she never would have been able to come home. She really needed the universal designed home. The master bathroom works out very well. The additional space, the easy access shower and the roll under sink all helped so much during her recovery. The kitchen is easily manageable for her and works well. The accessible rooms,wide doors and general layout of the house works well. Mom's doctors call her a miracle and the house was key in her recovery and long term health. My Mom and our family thank you Charles for your universal design expertise. It was a pleasure working with you. Connie M."
Mr. Brian Bixler from the US Department of Veterans Affairs sends this message:
"Dear Mr.Schwab, So many thanks for the book and EP (Exceptional Parent) magazine that included your article. The article in EP is an excellent perspective on potential savings of US health care dollars, providing life span housing that is also adaptable and inclusive, to so many "boomers" and others, especially Veterans, and to further open avenues toward US economic stability. I applaud your continued efforts in that regard. I think we're all in agreement with where we need to go. It's just getting there.
Thanks again for your service to our country, in every way Hoorah!"
Brian N.Bixler Chief,Specially Adapted Housing Department of Veterans Affairs Washington,DC 20420
This book review was sent by Speaker and Author, Kathie Snow,
" I love this book! Mr. Schwab shows that inclusive design and beauty can both be achieved without sacrificing either! His universal designed homes enable everyone and people with disabilities and their families to live comfortable, safe "first class" lives in beautiful, accessible homes--- just like everybody else"
Kathie Snow Author of:
Disability is Natural: Revolutionary Common Sense for Raising Successful Children with Disabilities.
This letter comes from Nancy Hitchkock at the Center for Universal Design.
" Charles, I was thrilled to arrive at work today and find your copy of the recent edition of Universal designed Smart Homes for the 21stCentury in my mail box. I plan to sing its praises to callers looking for UD plans and I'll be sure to tell them how to find you on the internet. Your floor plans have always been great. I love the way you incorporate green and energy efficiency features and clean air for those with allergies and asthma. I especially like the exterior designs of the homes in this latest edition. I can't wait to pass it around at the staff meeting tomorrow! Thank you for sending it."
This book review from Rex.J Pace at Universal Design Solutions, LLC .
" Universal Designed Smart Homes for the 21st Century is a worthy addition to the creative resources available on Universal Design. In fact, it is one of the better house plan books that have been produced. This is in large part due to two reasons, the general design quality of the home plans offered and inclusion of useful information not normally seen in such publications.
The home designs are well laid out with attractivefacades and interesting options. It is apparent that a designer worked on these designs as opposed to the "builders" plans often endemic of these kinds of publications. Periodically throughout the plan book are informational sections on important related UniversalDesign topics. Some of these are what you would expect such as sections on the principles of Universal Design, bathroom & kitchen design, and elevator issues.
Others represent important additions that here to fore have not been done, but should be, in Universal Design plan books such as sections on Green Design and safe-room design for refuge from hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. These additions are welcomed and offer genuinely useful informationto provide truly holistic solutions." Rex Pace Universal Design Solutions L.L.C
Mary Jo Peterson Inc, NKBA, CAPS, Kitchen bath and UD, author of: Universal Kitchen & Bathroom Planning. sends this review from Brookfield, CT.
"Universal Designed Smart Homes for the 21st Century is a resource that belongs in the library of every professional andevery person planning homes for the way we live today. With a healthy respect for the environment and for the diversity of people living in and visiting a homeduring it's lifetime, this book offers innovative and creative concepts and products. Way to go Mr. Schwab." Mary Jo Peterson
Cynthia Leibrock, MA, ASID, Hon.IIDA Easy Access to health, LLC Author of : Beautiful Universal Design and her latest book: Design details for health, sends this from from Livermore Colorado:
"Universal Design is not truly usable by all people unless it is affordable. Over the years I have received so many inquiries about affordable accessible housing, and Mr. Schwabs book, Universal Designed Smart Homes for the 21st Century is the definitive source." Cynthia Leibrock
Ms. Nancy S. Makay a Universal Design consultant from Erie PA.
"The education and the Universal Design awareness of living in a home for a life time is clearly displayed throughout the plans and explanations in the 3rd edition of Universal Designed Smart homes for the 21st Century by Mr. Schwab. This book is a must for contractors, consultants and home owners who value beautiful and functional homes that enable the entire population to live with ease" Nancy S. Makay, Universal Design Consultant.
Mr.Bill Carl from Marshfield,Wisconsin sends this review:
"Your consideration of barrier free and "green" issues in your designs and plan book is a welcome change to all the "slick" magazine home designs that run contrary to the sustainable, renewable principles I've been looking for" Bill Carl, Marshfield, WI.
Ms. Karla Zervos Founder of Lifespan Home Modifications in Sitka Alaska sends this message.
"This is much more than a book of home plans. It is the first "what AND why" Universal Design home planning primer. Universal Designed "Smart" Homes forthe 21st Century, is an informative guide to the essential details necessary to help family members age in place.
Concise descriptions of both high and low tech features accompany the floor plans along with reasons to include them into your home. It is a vital tool for home owners who havechildren withdisabilities as well as homeowners planning for a retirement home or their last home. Building professionals working in the Universal Design field will also find this book informative." Karla Zervos, Lifespan Home Modifications, Sitka Alaska
Louis Tenenbaum, LLC , CAPS, Independent Living Strategist sends this from Potomac Maryland:
"Charles's newest edition of his Universal Designed Smart Homes for the 21st Century home plan design book and catalogue is excellent and comprehensive. It is a primer for those who don't know where to begin and contains a plethora of ideas for the devoted. By including universal design, energyefficiency and other greenissues, it makes the point that homebuilding should include these features to create a successful home. The book makes you think, encourages questions and provides answers. The extensive resources and references sections are also very informative." Louis Tenenbaum, Speaker/"Aging in place"course designer A customer from New York writes,
"Dear Mr. Schwab , I am looking forward to seeinghow a professional Architect handles some of the accessibility problems we are facing in trying to make my Mothers house usable in her declining health.
Thank you also for spending the time on the phone with me the day the article was published in The WallStreet Journal. Having been dealing with the issues of aging and disabilities for a while now, I worry that the design and transportation assumptions built into suburban single family tract house developments thatare now being built will not in any way meet the needs of our rapidly graying population. It is comforting to know at least some design professionals are taking a serious look at the issues."
Mr. Gosnell B Duncan at Barrier- Free Homes,LLC from Brooklyn, New York sent this note.
"Dear Mr. Schwab, It is my pleasure to have found you! Thanks for listening to what I have to say. Together I hope we can make some difference. Enclosed is my deposit for the 4 home plan designsand 10books. I look forward to helping you distribute the books , yours truly, Gosnell Duncan , Barrier-Free homes in New York"
Ms. Patricia K. from San Fran. Ca. writes:
"Dear Mr Schwab- This book is wonderful! So many great ideas. I especially liked the features and benefit pages, clearly alot of thoughtful work. I have a friend excited about your plans so I am ordering a second book as a gift. Thanks again."
This review was sent by Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. Speaker ,Trainer, Consultant and Author of: Take Back Your Life! Regaining your Footing after life Throws You a Curve.
"People in search of housing solutions to enable independence, enhanced safety and ensure a design that they can grow old in will appreciate this book. Not only is it a diverse collection of 102 floor plans, but it is also a great overview of the universal design (UD) concept. Schwab makes a logical case for UD. Other housing concepts discussed include sustainable building practices with healthy home features. Details to improve indoor air quality are clearly specified. There is also an introduction to the Energy Star rating program. Schwab is a proponent of these housing elements and integrated them in the floor plans and in the narrative sections of the book. This is not just a house plan book, but rather, a resource for anyone wanting to build a sustainable, universal designed home.
Readers will enjoy browsing through the detailed floor plans and viewing the front elevations. Each plan is classified by square footage, width and depth.Ranch style and two story homes with stacked closets for future elevators are included.
This book serves as a good primer for students, builders, remodelers, and home buyers. Schwab pinpoints the features and benefits of each area of the house including front entries, hallways, doors, kitchens, baths, windows, mobility closets (future elevators), storm safe-rooms, outdoor entertaining areas and landscaping, home offices, utility rooms, garages, bedrooms, breezeways and lower levels. Home automation features to enhance security, safety and convenience are also specified. The resource section identifies many other books on universal design as well as experts in this area of study. Organizations that promote universal design , green sustainable building practices and healthy home features are also listed with their contact information, including web sites."
Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D.
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Mr. Walton Dutcher Jr. from St.Petersburg Florida writes:
"I have reviewed the designs and had the pleasure of working with Charles in providing home designs that uniquely and specifically embrace universal design. As a designer and as a person who uses a wheelchair and as an advocate who is sensitive to the individual concerns of persons having other types of disabling conditions, these plans and other information that Charles provides, in my opinion,are truly inclusionary."
Wally Dutcher, St Petersburg, Florida
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