Thanks to Tim Johnson of the Burlington Free Press for the well-written article about the Nestor renovation project (Cliff Street Project) and the first annual Zoe's Race. Erika Nestor, along with the Howard Center, has organized what will be an annual fund-raising run to benefit families with disabled children in Vermont who need to make renovations to their houses. Participation in the first run exceeded Erika's expectations and suggests that this will continue to be a great event for years to come. One of the aspects of this project of which I am particularly proud is that the house functions very well for the specific needs of Zoe and the whole Nestor family without appearing to be accessible. As Tim Johnson writes in his article:
"At some point as Erika and David Nestor contemplated the daunting renovations their house would require to become accessible and fully functional for their disable child, they decided they really didn't want an elevator. And the more Erika thougt about it, the more she realized she didn't want her remodeled house to be stamped "handicapped accessible."
And it isn't...."It was an aesthetic thing for me," Erika said. "It doesn't have to look like a hospital to work."
The Nestors have high praise for their architect, Christian Brown of Jericho, who came up with various options, and for the builder, TrueNorth Construction. Brown said his aim was to propose renovations that were both "aesthetically rewarding" and "uniquely suited to the functional requirements" of the family."
Shown below is an image of the first floor bedroom suite in what was formerly the garage. The new stained concrete slab has radiant floor heat, and the large windows and skylight fill the space with warm sunlight.