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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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Interior Design, Stories

Wine Storage Solutions with WineRacks.com

Actual image of a wine cellar filled with wine

By Emily Black

 

Chief Architect has been working with WineRacks.com since 2012 to offer their wine storage product line. Their USA made wine storage solutions provide a unique design for any small or large project.

WineRacks.com is located in New York’s Hudson Valley and has been serving their customers since 1992.  Over the years, their product selections have expanded to include a wide range of small capacity wine racks, wine accessories, cooling units and lighting for wine cellars.

With the goal of providing the very best customer service and product quality, WineRacks.com is manufacturing their own wooden wine storage units within the US with environmentally responsible raw materials.

I had the chance to speak with Jeremy of WineRacks.com to dive deeper into what makes a great wine cellar.

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Events, Professional, Stories

Chief Academy 2018 Recap

By Dani Walker

 

Last week Chief Architect held the 2018 Chief Academy near our headquarters in Coeur d’ Alene, ID. There were over 100 attendees who came for the 2 ½ days of in-depth training, 1 on 1 support, and networking events. Over the course of the event, Users were able to soak up the last few days of summer in Coeur d’ Alene through morning events and evening receptions.

Day 1 kicked off with a Welcome and Company Update from our CEO, Greg Wells. Shortly after, Users headed to their class to start training. Classes ranged from Introductory to Advanced, each taught by a certified Chief Architect Instructor. The day was full of tips, tricks, and techniques to help Users utilize Chief Architect within their business.

 

Chief Architect customers gathered at the 2018 Chief Academy ready for a training.

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Professional, Residential Home Design, Stories

Fine Homebuilding California House Collaboration

FHB California House Watercolor Rendering by Chief Architect

By Adrean Stephenson

 

Taunton Press’s Fine Homebuilding Magazine has been the gold standard reference, covering quality home design and construction for over 30 years. I remember as a youngster sifting through the stacks of my dad’s coveted back issues, soaking up the details and anticipating the next “Great Moments in Building History” featured on the last page. It wasn’t long after I purchased my first fixer upper that I started an archive library of my own. Continue reading…

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Bathroom Design, Interior Design, Kitchen Design, Professional, Stories

Winning Spaces from the 2018 NKBA Design Awards

This large kitchen is airy and open, galley style with a long island, warm wood ceiling, and impressive industrial hood.

by Adrean Stephenson

January’s KBIS event marked another success on the books. This year, in addition to manning our booth and hosting the annual User Breakfast, our team was delighted to contribute to one of the favorite KBIS announcements: the 2018 NKBA Design Awards! See the full spread of winners and project information in the January/February issue of NKBA Innovation + Inspiration.

We used Chief Architect’s 3D Modeling, Rendering, and Video Walkthrough Recording tools to replicate the winning designs, then recorded animations that virtually explore the spaces.

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