We decided the best way to meet the unique needs of our family would be to build a home. Custom homes are EXPENSIVE so we just could not go that route. However, we are so blessed to have found a home builder who was willing to work with our family to make our home as accessible as possible. I am pleased to announce that this weekend we were finally able to sign the final contract on our home with Ball Homes. Here is a picture from today of us standing in front of the site where our future home will sit.
(it was a very winding day!)
Before you do anything make a list of your child's needs and then make a list of things you think would improve their quality of life.
Here is our initial list:
1. Bedrooms on the first floor
2. Full bath on the first floor with accessible shower
3. Doorways and hallways widened
4. NO carpet (Jacob can not maneuver his walker on the carpet)
5. No steps into the home
Take that list to a couple of builders and see if they are willing to help you meet your child's need.
We met with our builder a couple of times before we finally felt comfortable. One of the most important aspects of this home for us was that it be an place for our children to flourish and grow, not a place of limitations.
Today we met with the "foundation guy". Before they started building we wanted to talk to him about making the entry to our home as low as possible. He was very knowledgeable and helpful. They will not be able to make it zero entry(no steps) but he said they would do the best they can to have as few steps as possible. With just a few steps we should be able to put a ramp there. He even said he would brainstorm with the owner and see what solutions they could come up with. THAT my friends is great customer service!!