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2019 Award Winners



Aging in Place


Flood Remodel for Whole House


Houston, Texas

Interior Designer | Designs Anew Houston LLC

Photographer | Brian Vogel Photography

The 1980s ranch-style home was flooded in a hurricane in 2017 and everything needed to be replaced. The owner is a 70-year old quadriplegic; during her rescue from the flood, her right shoulder was permanently injured and she now is unable to extend her reach.   

To redesign the kitchen and master bath to function for her reach and clearance needs, every movement she would make at each work zone and fixture was reenacted in her wheelchair. Approaching each area sideways so that her “good” right hand could be used required exhaustive measurements and reassessment at each step. The master bath lacked adequate space. Opening a doorway between the two baths, the hall bath became the roll-in shower area and the master bath had the toilet and vanity. The master bath needed more width for ease of wheelchair maneuvering, which then necessitated an addition to the bathroom and bedroom. This provided clearance to easily roll under the sink, back out ,and turn around to continue to the toilet or shower room.

From the Judges
The design offers incredible functionality and clean lines.   

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