189) Building Green for Life – Master Bedroom and Mobility

by Gail on January 10, 2013

Today, I’m sharing our master bedroom and other spaces in our home that improve access for us into our old age.

Part of our building green philosophy is to build a house that we could live in for the rest of our lives. To that end, we have built all the essentials on one floor: kitchen, bathroom, living, dining, and even our deck and rooftop garden are on the same level.rooftop garden

If we are ever mobility-challenged, we have a level access to this main floor from a vehicle, 36″ wide doors and hallways, smooth wood floors,

bedroom higher toilets and accessible showers.sloped shower access

Our basement can also serve as a level-access living space, with its smooth concrete floors and accessible shower. Or, it could be a place for a caregiver to live.basement floor

Our vertical and horizontal surfaces are spare, almost Shaker-simple, partly to reduce the amount of cleaning required. This built-in storage unit, built by our cabinet-maker to our specs, incorporates dressers, bookshelves, reading lights, storage, and even a short closet for shirts and trousers. It is the same (two-sided) unit as in the bathroom.mstr bed

This re-upholstered old-school reading chair is low-profile to preserve the view.old-school reading chair

Our decor is not fussy – in the daytime and even at night, our main focus is outside, where we have all the greenery and visual interest we could want. (Although, as an artist, I certainly appreciate art on the walls.)view from bedroom


lights of cypress

I’m sharing this post with these generous party hosts:

Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Feature Friday, Funky Junk Interiors’ Saturday Night Special, A Little Knick Knack, Rooted in Thyme, Diana Rambles’ Pin Me Party, Mockingbird Hill Cottage’s A Favorite Thing, Debbiedoos’ The Power of Pinterest, Be Different, Act Normal, Coastal Charm’s Nifty Thrifty Tuesday, Cozy Little House’s Tweak-it Tuesday, Savvy Southern Style’s Wow Us Wednesday, From My Front Porch to Yours, Fireflies and Jellybeans’ Show Us Your Stuff, Sew Many Ways’ Find a Friend Friday,

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Dottie January 11, 2013 at 5:47 pm

The windows and the view out on them is so wonderful.Dottie


Laura January 11, 2013 at 6:16 pm

How gorgeous your home is and your view is absolutely stunning. I am so happy to have found you through A Favorite Thing Saturday.


debra@ HOMESPUN January 12, 2013 at 3:44 am

A lovely and well planned home but I fell in love from the first picture of the garden! 🙂


Susan January 12, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I love that garden!
Susan and Bentley


Melanie January 12, 2013 at 6:46 pm

I found your blog through your link on Claudia’s A Favorite Thing…wow, your house is just gorgeous! I can’t wait to look through your blog and see some of your other posts.


Gail January 12, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Thank you. That’s very kind of you.


Diana Rambles January 12, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Beautiful home! Thanks for linking up!


Claudia January 13, 2013 at 6:26 am

Your home is gorgeous, Gail. How smart of you to build in such a way as to be comfortable in your later years. Really smart! Love the quilt on the wall, did you quilt it?

Thanks so much for joining in this week.



Gail January 13, 2013 at 9:32 am

Thank you, Claudia. The wall pieces are mine, yes. But the bed quilt was made by a wonderful Nova Scotian quilter, Ruby Adams, in 1978. Thank you for your perspective on your blog, Claudia.


Maureen January 13, 2013 at 10:24 am

You have such a beautiful and well thought out home. It’s a real tribute to the green movement. Of course, that incomparable view is extra motivation to preserve the environment!


Gail January 13, 2013 at 10:29 am

Thank you. I agree about the view – we never take it for granted.


Jody January 13, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Gail, What a gorgeous home you have. I love the garden and trellis, so beautiful. I also love how you designed the master bedroom. Thank you for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Have a wonderful week!



Gail January 13, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Thank you, Jody. Still a work in progress.


GardenOfDaisies January 14, 2013 at 4:02 pm

What an amazing and beautiful home. I love the deck and gardens and the view!


Shannon January 16, 2013 at 6:28 am

Beautiful detailing! The warmth of the wood really shines through.


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