Designing for Accessibility PBL Project

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Designing for Accessibility PBL Project

The following is the design scenario: Anna and Mitch Williams are a married couple in their late 20s. Anna is an engineer and Mitch is a high school teacher. Mitch has recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) and may eventually be in a wheelchair. They were looking for a found a house that they could renovate and apply universal design principles to help make their lives more productive, safe and comfortable. The couple is thinking about having a child in the next five years and want a space that can be converted into a child’s room with a minimum of construction. Currently they would like to use this space as an office for Mitch to use when grading papers or Anna if she is working from home. Additionally they are interested in sustainable design and would like their home to apply sustainable living practices. They want something unique, full of potential, fun and ideal for their eclectic taste and changing lifestyle. As a structural engineer, Anna has become aware of many housing options as she works with architects and interior designers. They have purchased an historic, small Craftsman style house located on the corner of a city lot. The historic home has a square floorplan and a large front porch. The couple understands the project will require a complete interior remodel but they understand the importance of making this a property that can adapt to their changing needs. This one-story Craftsman style house has street parking for two vehicles, a small front yard and a side yard for a small garden. This side yard can be used for gardening of fresh vegetables during gardening season and should be at least partially screened from the traffic. The backyard is a common area shared with several neighbors. To help them with this universal design renovation, they have hired you to help them create functional, efficient, universal interior spaces that extend into the outdoor garden spaces. This project is a FCCLA Star Event for Interior Design and is brought to you by Kerry Doll, Fountain Valley High School with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by the Course Team Lead Joshua Bradley.
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