Homes Magazine - Page 49 - Creating A 'Forever Home' (2)

Homes Magazine
- Page 49
Creating A 'Forever Home' (2)

son Liam often assisted Greg with nightly dinners. Appleby designed a baking area for Madison at the kitchen’s edge, complete with a custom cabinet with a lift-out so that an electric mixer is always ready for use.


The space between the cabinets and the island is five feet wide, enough to accommodate the wheelchair Greg, 52, could one day use in the house. But near-term, it provides enough space to allow cooking and baking by multiple cooks in the main thoroughfare from garage to the rest of the house.


Greg’s multiple sclerosis diagnosis, which came in 2007, wasn’t initially a factor in the renovation. Appleby introduced the idea as the project progressed.


“I didn’t want to touch on that in the beginning, but I knew that eventually he would be in a wheelchair more than walking and their current kitchen would not accommodate him at all,” Appleby said. “So that also started playing into their future there in that house.”


Michelle herself realized installing a barn door to their first-floor master bedroom would allow more space for a wheelchair, but it also provides a focal point for the open space and is repeated in a pocket door leading from the garage to the kitchen.


Appleby had to work around two existing support beams, which she finished in natural wood, and added another column for architectural balance. She refinished the stairs to the second floor in the same grey-stained hardwood floors as on the first floor and replaced the white wood railings with wrought-iron. The brick fireplace façade was replaced with natural stone, and wood beams added to the living room highlighted its cathedral ceiling.