ASID Icon - Fall 2012 - (Page 34)
KITCHEN REMODEL TAKES THE “AGE” OUT OF AGING IN PLACE/ DIANE PETRINI, 59, and her husband Joe, 62, share their home in San Diego with their daughter Laura, 35, and grandson Torin, 15. They have lived there since 1986, and while it has served them well, it was beginning to present some challenges. Joe, a Purple Heart Vietnam War veteran, suffers from arthritis and other health issues. Diane has vision problems, as does Torin, who has mild cerebral palsy. So when Diane heard about the “Designed for Life” contest (see related Design for Life article on page 40), she decided to submit an entry explaining why the family would beneﬁt from a kitchen remodel. Family members enjoy preparing meals together, but they found themselves struggling to work in their 1979era kitchen. The cabinets and their contents were difficult to access for Joe with his arthritis and Diane with her impaired vision. Insufficient cabinet space and inadequate lighting were also problems, while the limited countertop space was cluttered with appliances. The room had too many entrances and an island that did not provide much workspace but divided the room awkwardly. Diane’s entry struck a chord with the judges, who awarded the Petrinis the grand prize of a complete kitchen remodel and the design services of Lindsay Hester, ASID, who had competed for the project by submitting a concept and drawings. While updating the look of the kitchen, Hester focused on three key functional improvements, employing universal design principles so that the kitchen would continue to serve the Petrinis well for many years to come. Mobility. To better accommodate three generations living under one roof, Hester removed the island and introduced a U-shaped conﬁguration that dramatically increased countertop space and created multiple workstations for multiple cooks. A raised breakfast bar provides a gathering space while protecting stray hands from the adjacent built-in cooktop. In addition, the new ﬂoor plan
PROJECT SPECS/ Firm Name Hester Interiors Principal Lindsay Hester, ASID Kitchen Underwriter Wardell Builders Location San Diego, Calif. Photography by Paul Burlingame Photo
widened the entrance and opened up the ﬂoor space in the central work area, allowing for the use of an assistive mobility device should that be needed in the future. Accessibility. Preparing meals in the old kitchen required a lot of stooping, bending and hauling of heavy pots and appliances. Hester replaced the outdated cabinets with new ones featuring pull-out drawers, lazy susans and an appliance garage with sliding tray. Two waist-level dishwasher drawers, one on each side of the kitchen sink, were added to ensure adequate dishwasher capacity while minimizing bending and stretching. Hester also redistributed the placement of storage units so they were located more conveniently near work areas. Visibility. Several improvements address Diane and Torin’s vision issues. The old kitchen was lit by four sets of yellow-tone ﬂuorescent lights centered in the ceiling. In the new kitchen, Hester put in white recessed lights spread evenly throughout the ceiling, then layered the lighting with task lights at work areas and a lighted exhaust hood over the cooktop. Greater contrast in cabinet colors and ﬁnishes (wood, granite and brushed stainless steel) helps delineate surfaces as well as orient the cook to the various workstations. Glass doors on some of the cabinets make it easier to see what’s inside. Finally, new corner windows and solar-powered shades were installed to help provide natural lighting and control glare. Hester’s design meets all the Petrinis’ requirements and integrates them into a contemporary look that homeowners of any age or ability would welcome. “Universal Design was a new term to me at the start of this contest,” shares homeowner Diane Petrini. “But I have learned so much about the concept that will beneﬁt anyone, and is the perfect solution for our family. Our new kitchen will allow us to stay in our home for many more years.” i
Designer Lindsay Hester selected ﬁxtures and ﬁnishes in contrasting tones in order to more clearly delineate surfaces for the visually impaired residents, while also orienting users to speciﬁc workstations. Design features included replacing outdated cabinets with pull-out drawers—including two waist-level dishwasher drawers—to reduce the need for bending. Layered lighting, through a combination of recessed lights and task lights, along with maximizing natural light sources, has greatly improved visibility in the kitchen.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ASID Icon - Fall 2012
Taking Business Abroad
Finding the Right Formula
The State of Our Society
Design for Life
Resource Guide & Advertisers
ASID Icon - Fall 2012
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