Before & After: A 1952 Midcentury Becomes a Wondrous, Wheelchair-Accessible Home

After a tragic motorcycle accident, a couple renovate their home to meet new needs, while also launching a small business to assist other individuals with designing beautiful, wheelchair-accessible spaces.

On the morning of June 15, 2016, while riding his bike to his office in Indianapolis, Indiana, Derek Lavender had a tragic accident that damaged his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed from the shoulders down. After months of rehabilitation, he and his wife, LeAnne, began looking for a home to accommodate the couple's new needs.

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Michele Koh Morollo
Dwell Contributor
Michele Koh Morollo is a journalist who has been writing about design, lifestyle and travel for the last twenty years.


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