Design of the ERE 132 Eco Home
FLEXIBLE DESIGN AND SUSTAINABILITY
A flexible building design means that the home is able to adapt itself to the needs of the occupants while at the same time responding to the future realities of the family. It is thus affordable and accessible to all ages and to all realities. If good planning is put in place ahead of construction, this will avoid the necessity of the owner having to carry out costly renovations to the home in the future.
The characteristics of flexible building design are as follows:
- The main bathroom is found on the ground floor in order to be accessible to everyone. It is possible to use the bathroom cabinet, the basin and of course the toilet while sitting down. The shower has already been adapted to be threshold-free in order to be wheelchair-accessible. All the walls have been reinforced in order to be able to install grab bars, if the need arises.
- Also found on the ground floor is a room that can be used as a bedroom, a u-shaped kitchen that is convenient and easy to use and a laundry room. Also noticeable are wider hallways, larger doors and ground-level entryways. The walls of the stairwell have been reinforced in order to allow for the possible future installation of a chair-lift.
The additional costs associated with these improvements equate to no more than 2% of the costs of a conventional home. Examples of additional costs:
- Doors: Approximately $200
- Nail-holding base: Approximately $50
- Low threshold doors: Approximately $180