Craftsmen of Homes


Roanoke & Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia

Universal Design ~ Convenient Accessibility

An obvious benefit of customized design is the ability to incorporate convenience into your home from the start. Planning for future life-needs and changes, building in adaptability early on, are additional benefits worth consideration.

Simple Convenience

People are amazingly adaptable of course. Think of the two, three, four (or more) frustration points that were built into your existing or previous home, and how you learned to live with those in time.

Much better of course to take the opportunity to correct simple flaws early on - before they are ever built. Its easy to achieve, especially when using realistic three-dimensional modelling software like Chief Architect, which we use. It brings spaces to life for you to see and evaluate, well in advance of actual building.

Though convenience may ultimately be in the mind of the beholder, we find the following features universally appreciated:

  • open floor plan: fewer interior walls dividing space, obstructing flow & outdoor views
  • minimum 3-foot wide doors, both exterior and interior
  • minimum 4-foot wide hallways
  • covered porches, decks, and entryways
  • one-level living (master suite, kitchen, laundry and so forth)
  • curbless (zero entry threshold) master shower

Accessible & Universal Design

Universal accessibility may/ may not be a pressing need for your building goals today, but the design methodology  of "aging in place" calls us to consider our family's future needs.

A wide range of adaptive options are available, the comparative costs of which can be substantially lowered - or in some cases eliminated altogether - by simple choices made at the start.  Examples include:

  • windows we can open, close, and lock with one closed hand
  • doors we can open and close with one hand without grasping & twisting a knob
  • base cabinetry door and drawer configurations reducing the need to stoop down/ reach inside
  • cabinet door and drawer pulls we can negotiate with one closed hand
  • grab bars (or at least framed blocking for, within walls) for relevant bathroom areas
  • taller lavatory countertops, perhaps with open knee-space underneath
  • off-set controls in shower and tub areas
  • faucet controls with a single lever to control water temperature and flow

When a home is designed as a raised ranch (over walkout basement) or multi-story, stairways can be configured to more-easily accept power chair/ rail assemblies. The early-stage design could also be altered to stack closet or storage space vertically from floor to floor, with pre-planned floor framing to enable easier installation of a home elevator at a future time.

With so much effort and attention given to the creation of new homes, shouldn't they be made easily-adaptable to our future needs ?


Timber Ridge Craftsmen, Inc.

One of Virginia's finest home builders, located at Smith Mountain Lake. We are in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just outside of Roanoke and Lynchburg.