Consulting services specializing in residential design for people with varying physical abilities

 

We design new custom homes, review existing home plans and renovate current spaces with attractive and functional details that are unique to the individual.

We understand that no two people and no two abilities are alike. We know that even though many home sales professionals advertise "universal designed homes," there is no "one-size-fits-all" solution. Children grow and adults change.

The American Disabilities Act provides guidelines for designing buildings for the disabled. Their guidelines are minimum standards based on the general population. We are grateful for the ADA, but we also believe that minimum standards means minimum. We believe that the possibilities are endless and unique to your individual challenges.

We believe that good design is limitless. We strive to create spaces that give you maximum ability within the constraints of your budget.

We listen to you. Together we explore the options and solutions, so that we can create a home that meets your needs both today and tomorrow.

We strive for maximum safety, because we understand that when individuals feel safe, they gain self confidence and increase independence.

Many of our new home designs incorporate features to plan for the future. These facets include beautiful accessible guest suites for aging parents, sizing the home to meet comfort requirements of people who are not of average size and creating joyful spaces for growing children with special needs.

Whether you are remodeling an existing home or building a new home, we look forward to discussing your possibilities.

 

WHAT IS UNIVERSAL DESIGN?

Universal design is the principle of designing space for people with disabilities, size issues, or limited mobility. Design principles that are integrated into Universal Design include: compensating for reduced range of motion, compensating for reduced strength, assist mobility and agility, and help with balance and coordination. Successful Universal Design creates a barrier free environment for the individual.

GIVE KIDS THE WORLD

 

As Draftsman and designer for the Architectural firm that designed the first three phases of the original Villas at Give Kids the World in Kissimmee, Susan ensured that each Villa was completely accessible for a full-size person/child transported either flat, or in a wheel chair.  The bathrooms were designed for complete assisted bathing.

Susan served as Draftsman and designer for the Architectural firm that designed both the chapel (created concept) and family meeting facilities at Give Kids the World.

Susan provided conceptual design for a fully accessible day care center.


WALT DISNEY WORLD

 

While working for Walt Disney World's Interior Resorts Department, she conducted accessibility surveys of existing hotel and restaurant facilities.

While working for Walt Disney World's Entertainment Live Show Design Department, she gathered all of the information and created the conceptual plans and programmatic requirements for all of the Live Show Entertainment spaces for Euro -Disney to submit to the European Architects for construction documents. The programming included American and Disney accessibility requirements.


SPECIALTY STORE CHAINS

 

Susan has conducted ADA surveys and documentation (for consultants) for over 70 Victoria's Secrets and Bath and Bodyworks stores.


SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION

 

Susan also designed a home for a football player, where all of the rooms and passageways were designed for large people. She created a downstairs guest suite for the football player to recover from knee and back surgeries.


SENIOR HOUSING

 

As an interior architectural designer for several Low Income Senior Housing Complexes, Susan reviewed the Architect's plans and suggested ways to make the common areas more functional for both aging personalities, and abilities. Susan reviewed the interior design packages to verify that materials were appropriate for an aging population.

Ms. Berry has attended numerous seminars through the Senior Housing Council of the National Home Builders Association.  She has Conducted in-house seminars for Interior Designers on designing for the elderly.


ACCOMMODATION FOR THE AGEING

 

Ms. Berry served as interior architectural designer and conducted plan review of a mansion for two doctors and their 90 year old mother.  She created an Accessible Suite with an adjacent Nurses’ Bedroom for the mother. Accessible details were incorporated into the entire mansion, including an elevator and future "His and Hers" Nurse Suites so that the couple could comfortably age in their own home.

PLANNING YOUR NEW HOME FOR THE SUNSET YEARS

 

Install 3'-0" wide doors with lever door knobs throughout the house.

Have the Builder put wood bracing behind the drywall and tile in the bathroom walls for future grab bar locations.

On the first floor, have a roll in shower without a step or lip (slope floor to drain in at least one bathroom). This shower should be a minimum of 5'-0" wide by 4'-0" deep. This shower could be located near a Guest Suite or used as the Pool Bath.

Install lever faucets in this bathroom and an adjustable hand held shower head.

Provide a toilet in the same bathroom with a 3'-0" clear empty space next to it for transferring. Place a decorative furniture piece in this area until the space is needed.

Minimize changes in floor level throughout the home and outdoor spaces. Anywhere that there is a stepdown, select two different colors of flooring material.

Minimize any stepdown to the garage.

Make sure that there is adequate space in the garage to maneuver a wheelchair with an assistant around the parked vehicle.

Add extra lighting in the Garage for maximum visibility.

If you need to walk through a Laundry Room to access the garage, make sure that it is large enough for both a wheelchair to turn around in and clothes hampers on the floor.

Locate extra security system and lighting controls in the rooms where you plan to spend most of your time. Install adequate lighting throughout the home for safety and visibility.

Locate electrical service boxes, security boxes, main water disconnect valve and any system controls that you might need to access in an emergency where they can be comfortably reached from a sitting position.

Consider a 3'-0" out-swinging or 6'-0" sliding glass exterior door in the Accessible Guest Suite for easy emergency medical support access.

Do not block doorways.

Design the Guest Suite large enough for a queen size bed, large chair and dresser with a minimum of 4'-0" clear on all sides and 5'-0" clear on the closet side, exit door side and access to the bathroom door.

Consider 3'-0" pocketing doors or 6'-0" bi-pass doors on closets.

Make all Hallways a minimum of 5'-0" wide and use the extra space for bookshelves, a computer desk, or display furniture until the extra width is needed by your loved one.

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Beautiful Luxury European & Period Style House Interiors & Plans by Exclusive Designer Susan. P. Berry, ASID & Professional AIBD.   Original Luxury Home Interior and Exterior Designs and Plans for Spectacular Residences.  Ultimate Luxury Real Estate houses, Street of Dreams homes, Executive Homes, Vacation Homes, Historical Homes, Private Homes for interior detailing, interior home design, Interior Architecture, and/or complete construction plans for new and remodeled home designs and luxury condominiums.   Limitless design styles for Private Lives including Classical European, Tuscan Provincial,  Mediterranean Dream Homes, English Tudor, French Country, Victorian, Coastal Cottage, Chateaux, Florida style, Beach Homes,  Villa Estates,  Georgian Mansions, Contemporary Classics, Andalusia Farmhouse, Spanish Colonial.  Luxury House floor plans & styles per your specifications.  Builder’s plans and model merchandising.  Interior Decorating and Design.  Exclusive “To The Trade” resources, art, antiques, accessories,  fabrics, rugs, tile, stone, marble, wrought iron, furnishings, fixtures, plumbing, sculpture, and anything imaginable.  Full turn key Design and installation or specification only.  Complete finish specifications for the interior and exterior of the home through purchasing and installation.  Commissions accepted in the United States, and serving an international market.  Susan Berry, of Classical Home Design, Inc., also Provides Healthy Home Design, Green Design, and ADA specifications and modifications for commercial properties and residential homeowners. 

Susan P. Berry is currently known for the interior details and design of the following:  Vacation Home, Second Home, Waterfront Home, Vineyard Properties,  Property, Golf Club Homes, Country Club Homes, Mountain Home, Summer Homes, high-priced home, Fractional Living, Green Design, healthy Home, Island Home, Tropical Home, Golf Resort, Private Home, Bella Collina, Lake Butler Sound, Palazzo Del Lago, Moonshadow, Coo Coo Ka Choo, Street of Dreams, Parade, Orlando Magazine, Lodge Home, Private Spa, Gated Community Home, Georgian Home, historical Preservation, Remodeling, Restoration, Unique Home, Upscale Amenity, Upscale Home, luxury community, Luxury Home Builder, Mid century modern, Secure Home,  Home Security, home theater, ranch home, tropical home design, green home design, billionaire home, and celebrity home.  Susan currently provides the following:  personalized design service, interior house design, has won multiple aurora awards, eco-conscious home,  sexy bedrooms baths spas, simplicity, turn-key furnish, historic proportions, 17th, 18th, century French architecture, private sanctuaries, supreme luxury, palm beach style, ritz carlton , retreat, majestic, casita, vintage, new home, equestrian home, intimate,  expensive properties, colonial, family friendly, and adult destination.  Susan’s current clients are internationally based, including, Europe, European, Saudi Arabia, India, and many others.  Susan currently provides design services for the Orlando, Central Florida area.

 

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Beautiful Luxury European & Period Style House Interiors & Plans by Exclusive Designer Susan. P. Berry, ASID & Professional AIBD.   Original Luxury Home Interior and Exterior Designs and Plans for Spectacular Residences.  Ultimate Luxury Real Estate houses, Street of Dreams homes, Executive Homes, Vacation Homes, Historical Homes, Private Homes for interior detailing, interior home design, Interior Architecture, and/or complete construction plans for new and remodeled home designs and luxury condominiums.   Limitless design styles for Private Lives including Classical European, Tuscan Provincial,  Mediterranean Dream Homes, English Tudor, French Country, Victorian, Coastal Cottage, Chateaux, Florida style, Beach Homes,  Villa Estates,  Georgian Mansions, Contemporary Classics, Andalusia Farmhouse, Spanish Colonial.  Luxury House floor plans & styles per your specifications.  Builder’s plans and model merchandising.  Interior Decorating and Design.  Exclusive “To The Trade” resources, art, antiques, accessories,  fabrics, rugs, tile, stone, marble, wrought iron, furnishings, fixtures, plumbing, sculpture, and anything imaginable.  Full turn key Design and installation or specification only.  Complete finish specifications for the interior and exterior of the home through purchasing and installation.  Commissions accepted in the United States, and serving an international market.  Susan Berry, of Classical Home Design, Inc., also Provides Healthy Home Design, Green Design, and ADA specifications and modifications for commercial properties and residential homeowners. 

Classical Home Design, Inc. provides Residential Building Design, Residential Interior Detailing & Decorating Services in the State of Florida.  CHDI (Classical Home Design) does not practice Commercial Interior Design or Commercial Architecture in the State of Florida.

Susan P. Berry, ASID

Classical Home Design, Inc.

P.O. Box 940746—Maitland, Florida 32794
Phone: (407) 331-4855

SusanBerry@ClassicalHomeDesign.com

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Professional Member, Institute of Classical Architecture

Susan P. Berry, ASID

Classical Home Design, Inc.

P.O. Box 940746
Maitland, Florida 32794
Phone: (407) 331-4855

SusanBerry@

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