Exterior Ramp for a Child

Glickman Design Build Honored for their Design/Build Work as NARI 2014 CotY Winner!

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Metro DC Chapter named Glickman Design Build a 2014 Contractor of the Year (CotY) in the Residential Universal Design and Residential Bath $30,000-$60,000 categories of its annual awards competition. Check out the impact the remodels had on these families.

The objective of the Residential Universal Design project was to complete an exterior facelift and bathroom renovation to help a 5-year old boy in a wheelchair obtain easier access when going to and from his house and help him to have more independence with daily activities such as showering and brushing his teeth. In order to accomplish this, the homeowners had a wish list of items that they wanted the exterior renovation and bathroom remodel to accomplish. This included: providing a way for their son to get outside easily from his bedroom which was on the main level of the ranch style home, creating protection from the elements outside when their son was waiting for a ride and easy access to and from the driveway once he’s outside. They also wanted to ensure that the exterior renovations to the home did not detract from the beauty of it. For the bathroom remodel their goals were: a roll-in shower for ease of access with a wheelchair, sink with room for a wheelchair to fit under and plenty of room in the space for him to easily get around.

The design team came up with a variety of solutions to meet the homeowner’s needs of greater accessibility for their son to and from the outside of the home. He has easy access to the driveway allowing him to get to school and other activities without much assistance. He has a beautiful new bathroom that’s all his and his own personal “suite”. The bathroom allows him the ability to move about in his wheelchair and get ready for his day on his own. And both projects add wonderfully to the aesthetics of the home as well as providing the functional spaces the homeowners desired.

The goal of the Residential Bath remodel was to transform this aging, traditionally-styled space into a contemporary, spa-like room. The owner wanted the bathroom to be a place of tranquility and relaxation as he set upon his daily routine. The scope of work included pulling and replacing everything in the bathroom. While the configuration of the space remained the same, the products and materials that were chosen helped accomplish the homeowner’s goals. To help alleviate clutter in the space, a large existing vanity was replaced with a wall mount sink free of cabinets. Instead, a cabinet unit was installed above the toilet so as not to take up additional floor space. A glass enclosed shower was also incorporated replacing an old heavy feeling shower that took up a lot of space. With the glass enclosure the room is significantly opened up. A shower niche was designed to handle any products needed in the shower in a clean, sleek fashion. A full wall of warm tone tiles with a wood accent helped create the spa-like atmosphere the client desired along with warm tone bamboo cabinets. Clean, sleek fixtures were incorporated throughout.  A custom backlit full-wall mirror and vanity mirror completed the desired look.

Beautiful fixtures, bamboo cabinetry, backlit mirrors, clean storage and a gorgeous glass surround shower make this the perfect space for the homeowner to start his day addressing all of his needs both functionally and aesthetically.

The awards ceremony was held January 17, 2015 at the Mark Center Hilton in Alexandria VA.