HomeFreeHome http://homefreehome.org Architects that Change Lives Thu, 19 Nov 2015 15:46:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Acorn Stairlift Available http://homefreehome.org/2014/11/23/acorn-stairlift-available/ http://homefreehome.org/2014/11/23/acorn-stairlift-available/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:10:01 +0000 http://homefreehome.org/?p=3207

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Our Projects http://homefreehome.org/2014/04/09/our-projects/ http://homefreehome.org/2014/04/09/our-projects/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:53:15 +0000 http://homefreehome.org/?p=2888 Freedom For Ray


Watch Fox News piece here

Watch Ray enjoying his new freedom and having fun with his family in his new room.  To help fund this project, the Fantel family worked with HomeFreeHome, volunteer architect Dave Buckman, got generous support from many friends and the community. The Fantel family hopes that with support from people like you, they will be able to complete the renovations that will help Ray thrive.

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 Home for Sydni


http://youtu.be/Io8jwh3XhX4Great news from South Boston… the Home For Sydni project is complete!
Syndi’s Mom, Cathy Jerome, writes to HFH: “The open space of the kitchen/living room has made the most significant difference because now she can ambulate in her gait trainer, use her stander and wheelchair while also being closely monitored.”

More about the Home for Sydni Project

Syndi’s Mom, Cathy Jerome, writes to HFH: “The open space of the kitchen/living room has made the most significant difference because now she can ambulate in her gait trainer, use her stander and wheelchair while also being closely monitored.” – See more at: http://homefreehome.org/our-projects/a-safe-home-for-sydni/#sthash.aJI84iRk.dpuf
Syndi’s Mom, Cathy Jerome, writes to HFH: “The open space of the kitchen/living room has made the most significant difference because now she can ambulate in her gait trainer, use her stander and wheelchair while also being closely monitored.” – See more at: http://homefreehome.org/our-projects/a-safe-home-for-sydni/#sthash.aJI84iRk.dpuf
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Garage Sale is On! http://homefreehome.org/2014/04/01/garage-sale-is-on/ http://homefreehome.org/2014/04/01/garage-sale-is-on/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:50:53 +0000 http://homefreehome.org/?p=2789 7th Annual_HFH_GarageSale_2WE NEED YOUR STUFF!

It’s that time of year again! The 7th Annual HomeFreeHome.org Garage Sale is only a month away. Time to go thru your closets, dressers, toy chest, kitchen, basement, garage & attic. Donations can be dropped off starting Thursday, May 1 thru Friday, May 9 at 11 & 13 MillPond Road, (cross street Shore Road) Port Washington, NY.

As in years prior, please leave your clothing donations in plastic bags (in case of rain) under the carport, on the lefthand side of the house. Extra large donations (furniture or heavy items) can also be left in the carport. All other items should be left on either side of the front porch. Please mark any fragile items, so we know to store safely. Park in driveway to drop off items.

Because HomeFreeHome.org is a 503c charitable organization, we provide a receipt for your tax records. If no one is home during the time your donation is dropped off, there will be donation slips taped to the inside of the front storm door. Please take one, and fill out with the list of the items that you have generously donated to our annual sale.

 Items that are always in demand are: blue jeans, men’s clothing, shoes, small furniture pieces, picture frames, bicycles, books, kitchen items, appliances, music CD’s, baby stuff and anything vintage. Please make sure items are new or gently used, clean and in working order. Toys should have all the piece and remotes or controls should be included and/or attached to the donation.

Items we do not need are: used undergarments, bedding, upholstered or fabric items that may be a breeding ground for bed bugs, stained plastic ware, broken toys, old TV’s, computers, house paint, small appliances that are not safe.

The 7th Annual HomeFreeHome.org Garage Sale is Saturday, May 10 & Sunday, May 11 (Mother’s Day), from 9am to 4pm. Thank you in advance for your generosity. We hope to see you at our annual Garage Sale. There are always treasures to be found and all monies raised helps an individual or family with their mobility needs.

 If you have any questions please contact me by phone at 516-417-1814 or email snyder@homefreehome.org. Keep your fingers crossed for a sunny Mother’s Day Weekend!


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Accessible Home Design from Brazil http://homefreehome.org/2014/03/29/accessible-home-design-from-brazil/ http://homefreehome.org/2014/03/29/accessible-home-design-from-brazil/#comments Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:44:40 +0000 http://homefreehome.org/?p=3079

“Accessible homes in Brazil have a talented champion, in the work of architect Juliana Santana. The shower wall-recess is an elegant solution to the problem of getting both a grab-bar and a fold-up seat on the same wall. So many great details here – the tilted mirror over the vanity is another favorite of mine!”- The Accessible Home

Brazilian architect Juliana Santana designed this wheelchair accessible home for a physically disabled client. The contemporary design of this 90 square meter


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How Steady Are You? http://homefreehome.org/2014/02/24/how-steady-are-you/ http://homefreehome.org/2014/02/24/how-steady-are-you/#comments Tue, 25 Feb 2014 01:12:24 +0000 http://homefreehome.org/?p=3085 A Test and Tips for balance:”In the U.S., falls are the leading cause of injury for people over 65, according to a 2005 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Every 17 seconds, someone in this age group is treated in an emergency room for a fall.”

The real balance diet: Ways to avoid taking a tumble
People don’t usually think about balance until they fall, but doing certain exercises in younger years can keep you steadier as you age… Wall Street Journal Article
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10 Things You Should Never Say to a Disabled Person http://homefreehome.org/2014/02/20/10-things-you-should-never-say-to-a-disabled-person/ http://homefreehome.org/2014/02/20/10-things-you-should-never-say-to-a-disabled-person/#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:46:30 +0000 http://homefreehome.org/?p=3081

10 Things You Should Never Say to a Disabled Person
I’ve been legally blind my entire life (30 years!) On the up-side, everyone I meet is young and good-looking (you’re a ten!) On the down-side, people sometimes say things that they think are cool, but really may not be.
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Home Modifications for Persons with Disabilities and Aging-in-Place Survey http://homefreehome.org/2014/01/29/home-modifications-for-persons-with-disabilities-and-aging-in-place-survey/ http://homefreehome.org/2014/01/29/home-modifications-for-persons-with-disabilities-and-aging-in-place-survey/#comments Thu, 30 Jan 2014 01:22:54 +0000 http://homefreehome.org/?p=3089
Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access shared a link.
Help us improve the quality of home modification practices by taking our Home Modifications for Persons with Disabilities and Aging-in-Place Survey!!

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design and the Built Environment (RERC-UD) is conducting a nationwide survey of home modification practitioners, including…
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Stony Brook Classes http://homefreehome.org/2013/12/20/3073/ http://homefreehome.org/2013/12/20/3073/#comments Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:15:36 +0000 http://homefreehome.org/?p=3073
HomeFreeHome volunteer Architects Mark Wittenberg and Deborah Pierce collaborated on teaching classes to Occupational Therapy Masters
students at StonyBrook.  

Occupational Therapy helps people of all ages who have suffered an illness, injury or some form of debilitation relearn the skills of daily living.  It is often OTs who work in the field, make in-home assessments and recommend home improvements. In an era where consumers want to increasingly be empowered and maximize life’s potential, more and more people are recognizing the value of occupational therapy and as a result the field is expected to grow significantly over the coming years.

Our presentation gave the OT students the tools to more effectively understand the potential of universal design.  It was a very popular class and we look forward to further cooperation with the University.


Thank you to our fantastic volunteers:

Architect, Mark Wittenberg and Deb Piece,AIA

ARCHITECTS – Please contact us if you are also interested in teaching a class at your local university.
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7th Annual- Mother’s Day Weekend Garage Sale! http://homefreehome.org/2013/11/11/7th-annual-mothers-day-weekend-garage-sale/ http://homefreehome.org/2013/11/11/7th-annual-mothers-day-weekend-garage-sale/#comments Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:54:48 +0000 http://homefreehome.org/?p=3101 7th Annual_HFH_GarageSale_2

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How Our Designs Change Lives http://homefreehome.org/2013/11/08/hello-world/ http://homefreehome.org/2013/11/08/hello-world/#comments Fri, 08 Nov 2013 20:01:57 +0000 http://0080539.netsolhost.com/newsite/?p=1
HomeFreeHome is a group of volunteer architects who design barrier-free home renovations.  Our projects allow people to live with greater safety, dignity and freedom.

HomeFreeHome was created to respond to the  growing need for accessible, safe home design for ALL.  Over 90% of homes in the United States have many barriers and are dangerous.  In fact, every year millions are injured from falls in their own bathrooms.  Universal Design enhances the quality of life, regardless of age, or ability.

LOCAL ARCHITECTS  – We connect people living with mobility limitations to local volunteer architects to create designs for small scale construction projects such as: ramps, accessible bathrooms and kitchens.  Take a look at our wonderful projects.

UNIVERSAL DESIGN EDUCATION – Our workshops go beyond basic ADA standards and focus on applying the principals of Universal Design in private homes.  The presentation includes examples of projects such as; no-step entries, accessible kitchens and safe bathrooms,  as well as adding to home’s value.

Would like a to schedule a free workshop for your School, Library or Senior Center? Contact Laura Montllor, AIA at Architect@HomeFreeHome.org

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