Bathroom Design, Kitchen Design, Stories

Accessible Design using Chief Architect Software

By Kendra Dorosh

It’s vital to be able to create a smart, functional design that fits the needs of your clients without sacrificing style. Let’s discuss how you can leverage the powerful tools in Chief Architect software to meet specific accessibility needs that will wow your customers, and hopefully have a profoundly positive effect on their day-to-day lives.

With a growing focus on living in place with the baby boomer market and the media buzz around universal design, it can be hard to distinguish exactly what is meant by “accessible design.” The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center out of the University of Washington, which happens to be just around the corner from the Chief Architect headquarters here in North Idaho, refers to accessible design as a “design process in which the needs of people with disabilities are specifically considered.” (Washington.edu, 2018). With this definition in mind, let’s take a look at how you can use the tools in Chief Architect software to incorporate accessibility principles in your designs that fit the special needs of your clients.

Scott Harris, CKBD

Scott Harris, CKBD (certified kitchen & bath designer) and the Vice President at Chief Architect (imaged on right), has created a 5-part video series outlining the creation of a beautiful and functional wheelchair accessible kitchen and bathroom.

I had the opportunity to speak with Scott directly regarding his ideas and goals for the project. According to Scott, “In general, as people age, there’s an increased need for accessibility; however, this project goes beyond that and is specifically designed for someone who needs accessibility for a wheelchair.”  His goal for the project was to ensure we have appropriate learning tools and sample plans for customers who are wanting to create these detailed designs.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) covers commercial guidelines, but not really residential guidelines. Therefore, Scott focuses on the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s Accessibility Guidelines in the series. You can find illustrations created by Chief Architect in the NKBA’s 2nd Edition Kitchen & Bathroom Planning Guidelines with Access Standards; available as a handbook for easy reference. An additional resource to consider is the Living In Place Institute.

Considerations for Kitchen design

  1. Knee clearance for the sink
  2. Knee clearance for the range
  3. Wide isle with a turning radius
Accessible kitchen design with knee clearance and a wide isle for a wheelchair.

Accessible Kitchen Design

Considerations for Bathroom design

  1. No-barrier shower entry
  2. Double sink with knee clearance
  3. Wall-hung toilet
Accessible bathroom design with wheelchair knee clearance under the sink.

Accessible Bathroom Design

The full Accessible Kitchen & Bath Project video series can be found here. You’ll also find the plan on our Samples Gallery where you can access the full plan file and PDF as well as a virtual tour/ 3D walk-thru.

If you’re interested in additional training resources on the subject, you might also take a look at the Knowledge Base Articles on Creating Barrier-Free Cabinets and Building an Accessibility Ramp. There’s also a bonus library catalog for accessibility that includes grab bars, folding shower seats, lift chairs, cabinet built-ins, pre-configured plan view details and much more, that we recommend installing. See below for a few highlights of the plan view details for the NKBA accessibility design principles that are included in the Accessibility Catalog.

I’d like to leave you with a quote by Steve Krug in his novel, Don’t Make Me Think.

The one argument for accessibility that doesn’t get made nearly often enough is how extraordinarily better it makes some people’s lives… How many opportunities do we have to dramatically improve people’s lives just by doing our job a little better? (Krug, 2001).

I encourage you to check out our Accessible Kitchen & Bath Project and to take advantage of the features available in Chief Architect software to make the most out of your accessible designs!

Citations:

Krug, S. (2001). Don’t make me think!. Milano: Hops, p.171.

Washington.edu. (2018). What is the difference between accessible, usable, and universal design? | DO-IT. [online] Available at: https://www.washington.edu/doit/what-difference-between-accessible-usable-and-universal-design [Accessed 17 Jul. 2018].

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Leslee Spade Wins 1st Place with a Conch House Remodel in the Keys!

A small conch house on a gorgeous lot in the Keys with plenty of room to go up and out with this build.

By Jake Murray

Leslee placed first in the Chief Architect Remodel/Addition Design Contest! Her winning design is a showcase of the potential for concrete structures in the Keys.

Leslee grew up knowing she’d be an artist of some sort. As soon as she began to write, she began to draw.  As a child, she would sit and watch “Picture Pages” with Bill Cosby and according to her family was very accurate in her early efforts. She also painted her dad’s brand new leather jacket he got for Christmas with nail polish when she was 4 years old. Leslee’s mother, Roberta, knew right then her daughter would grow up to be an artist. Her passion led her to win many art competitions while in school.

Leslee holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Specialized Technology along with many certifications, numerous diplomas, and many awards for her work over the last 28 years in the broad design field. She is a Professional Member of Designers Society of America, as well as many other organizations. She says what drives her is waking up and trying to be better than she was yesterday. She loves seeing her ideas come to life, to her it’s exhilarating and she loves a challenge.

“I have only been using Chief Architect for 9 months steady. My company has a success story with the renderings; the company listed one of their new homes with just the renderings and ray traces I provided, Realtor Sam Williams of Coldwell Banker was able to sell the home for 60k OVER the asking price, if that’s not crazy enough IN ONE DAY! We also got contracted to do an additional enclosure under the reinforced concrete stilts of the home! See coral color house, this is our standard home.”

Leslee gives most of her credit to her boss, Andrew George, for believing in her, supporting her sometimes over the top ideas, and letting her shine at work with creative freedom. She also credits Chief Architect by saying, “None of this would be possible for any of us if it wasn’t for the staff at Chief Architect, their constant developments and innovative minds behind the scenes are what keep the program cutting edge for their users!”  She was pleased with the brilliant users she felt lucky to meet while attending the 2018 Chief Academy in Idaho. She hopes to attend again next year.

Leslee is the Design Director and Office Manager along with many other hats she wears while working at the Design Center. She believes there is no I in ”team,” they are like a family here at the Design Center. Their motto is if you can dream it, then we can build it. Their slogan; Locals Building for Locals. Chris Nolan E.I., Project Manager for the Design Center says, “Leslee is an extremely talented and hardworking Interior Designer. She is very knowledgeable about the design programs she uses and how to use them to create a design the customer falls in love with. Leslee is a very diligent worker as she takes the time to figure out every little detail needed to make her designs work and does not stop working until the project is finished to her high standards. She pushes everyone to succeed as a team.”

Winning Design

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Design Contest

Design Contest – Kitchen/Bath & Interior Design!

Modern U-shaped kitchen design with an eat at island.

Chief Architect Design Contests are a fun way to share your designs, build credibility and expose your brand.  Share one of your Kitchen/Bath or Interior Designs for a chance to win Chief Gear. Use any Chief Architect or Home Designer software product to create your original design.

 

Enter:

  1. Email a single image or a 360° image of your design to submissions@chiefarchitect.com
  2. Include your name, company information, and the software you used.
  3. Describe your design and planning process for your submission including any background information about the project.

 

Winners:
Entries will be posted in a photo album on Chief Architect’s Facebook page. Fans of Chief Architect will be asked to “Like” their favorite entry. The entry with the most “Likes” and other reactions will be declared the winner.

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Prizes:

1st Place

 

2nd Place

 

3rd Place

 

 

Rules:

  • Use any Chief Architect or Home Designer software product to create your original design.
  • One submission/file per person (can be a single view, collage, or 360° image)
  • If you submit a 360° image, it must be exported as a JPG format. Also, please include a standard image for us to add to our ChiefBlog.
  • Chief Architect reserves the right to refuse any contest entry.
  • Purchasing “Likes” or “Shares” with goods, services, or monetarily is not permitted.
  • A submitted design may not be entered more than once per year. Re-entry of winning designs is not permitted.
  • Entry Deadline is November 14, 2018

 

Send inquiries to submissions@chiefarchitect.com

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Contest Winners

October’s Residential Design Contest Winners

Congratulations to our three Chief Architect Residential Design Contest winners!

Thank you all for sharing your designs with us and our community.


 

1st Place

Reuben Chirnside & drawn by John Kramer of Cove Design, the architecture side of Land & Structure, using Chief Architect Premier X9.

 

 

2nd Place

Thomas Kretz using Chief Architect Premier X10.

 

 

3rd Place

Edgar Pena of Pena’s Drafting & Design using Chief Architect Premier X8.

 

 

November’s Design Contest is Kitchen/Bath & Interior Designs. Submit your design!

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Amanda Mattson Wins 3rd Place with Her Spacious Beach Inspired Bathroom

By Jake Murray

Amanda placed 3rd in the Chief Architect Kitchen/Bath & Interiors Design Contest! Her ability to learn from different design perspectives has contributed to her success as a young designer.

“My interest in design all started in high school when I decided to focus on art and design classes. I grew up in Massachusetts where I attended college in Boston at Wentworth Institute of Technology and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. As a young designer, I am always curious about “what’s the new thing.” I am always wanting to learn from a different design perspective. For example, my last co-op I worked with architects and got to understand more about the structure. These advantages help me understand what I am designing and what I need to improve on as a young designer.

I was introduced to Chief Architect during my stay at one of my co-ops. Chief Architect has been the easiest program to work with. I am using Chief Architect at my current job and the program works well to create designs that the clients can see before it comes to reality. It also makes the material selections easier for the clients to see how they come together.”

 

The program works well to create designs that the clients can see before it comes to reality.

Winning Design

 

Thank you, Amanda, for continuing to use Chief Architect Software throughout your work experience. We hope to see more of your great design work in our future contests!

 

If you are using Chief Architect Software to help make material selections easier for you or your clients like Amanda, check out the additional content available in the 3D Library.

 

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