Flood-resistant and wheelchair-accessible house

*Update 28th December: Using the cool ‘scenes’ function in SketchUp gave me the idea to make a YouTube video about this house. 🙂 The lovely music is ‘Beyond’ by Patrick Patrikios, from YouTube Audio Library.

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After drawing out a wheelchair-accessible house in previous posts like this one, I couldn’t stop thinking about drawing a flood-resistant version. In this case it simply meant elevating the house to a raised platform. As for access for wheelchair users, I decided to incorporate a residential cargo lift, also known as a platform lift or porch lift.

This is what I came up with. Click to enlarge.

Dimensions:

  • House structure only, excluding stairs, porch, lift and balcony extension: length 15 metres (49.2 ft), width 4.7 metres (15.4 ft)
  • A further width of 1.8 metres (5.9 ft) to cover stairs, porch and lift.
  • So, for the total floor area it’s 15m (49.2 ft) x 6.5m (21.3 ft). That’s an area of 97.5m2 (1050 ft2)

Besides being flood-resistant, four other features I’ve incorporated are:

Let’s face it, the last one is not just for wheelchair users but for the rest of us as well, and not just when lugging home heavy groceries! 🙂

Layout of First Floor

First floor Plan. The circles indicate diameter of 1.5 metres, space for turning of wheelchair.

A closer look on the rooms on the first floor. Click to enlarge.

Layout of Rooftop

The Rooftop Plans below feature the location of the rainwater tank, raised-bed vegetable garden and the pavilion with solar panels fitted on its roof. Click to enlarge.

The rooftop is accessible to wheelchair users with the lift. It also features sitting and dining areas, plus cooking appliances, in short perfect for parties or just relaxing. Just rearrange the furniture and add more chairs as needed, and don’t forget the barbeque grill! The kitchen counter and dining table can double up as counter space for gardening work.