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,

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