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Accessibility in the Modern Home

A frequent query sent into Dwell Letters is about accessibility and universal design in modern houses. Here, we've gathered a few stories from past issues that show how architects and designers have approached the design challenge. For more on the subject, read our 101 guide to Universal Design.

Brod Hart’s home in London’s Finsbury Park neighborhood is hidden away on a quiet street filled with the typical Victorian houses that populate the area. But behind the large steel doors that shield it from view stands what once began as stables, later served as a piano factory, and finally was converted to a wheelchair-accessible private residence. Hart managed the renovation himself and lived on-site during the process, which was challenging. His clever DIY skills and design tricks paid off: The end result is an industrial-chic modern house, fully accessible to wheelchair users. Brod designed the pulley himself, essentially a personal elevator, using nothing but cantilevered body weight to hoist him up and down within seconds. Photo by: Andrea Bakcas

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