Charting the Course

WHILE A HUSBAND AND WIFE in Bainbridge Island, Wash., were looking for a more accessible home a few years ago, they contacted designer Molly McCabe to get her input on the best choice that needed the least amount of work. She assessed which portions of the properties could be accessible to the husband, who is a full-time wheelchair user, and determined future work that would need to be completed. Once they found their ideal home, they hired McCabe, owner of McCabe by Design, to transform the primary bath into an aesthetically pleasing space accessible to both the husband in the wheelchair and the wife as his primary caregiver.

“The main objective was to make the key amenities accessible to the wheelchair user and provide plenty of storage for towels, toiletries and other supplies,” said the designer. “A secondary objective was to make the colors and materials complementary with the furnishings throughout the house to maintain a cohesive look.”