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Functional Prairie Makeover

A ranch-style home is remodeled to be wheelchair accessible.

This brick rancher is being updated to provide enough space for the homeowner to maneuver in his wheelchair. The most important changes that took place were expanding the floor plan and making the home accessible from outside and the garage. The homeowners also wanted a home that was comfortable and practical.

Architect Howard Hirsch came up with a design that makes the home accessible by widening corridors and adding a bedroom wing. In addition, the design added character and style to the exterior and reconfigured many of the rooms.

Though the home is basically still a rancher, elements of a prairie style were added to the exterior. Inside, the floor plan is open and spacious with a large great room; all the other rooms are warm and inviting. Another highlight is the new screened-in porch off the back.

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