Autonomic Dysfunction, Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Dysautonomia, EDS, Invisible Illness, POTS

a kitchenette designed for my spoonie

The stairs in our home are not friendly for a person living with POTS

One of the biggest challenges for us is the layout of our home when it comes to Emily and her conditions.   On the one hand, we can successfully live independently as two couples in our home, with us on the first floor and sharing the kitchen.   It’s a really cool home that she and I actually found 13 years ago….her father never stood a chance.  😌God willing, this will be our forever home.

I will eternally remember the squeal of excitement when she ran up the stairs as a 6th grader and saw the room that would potentially be hers.   It’s a massive en suite with a walk-in closet bigger than ours and her own sink.   The shower and toilet connect with another double vanity on the other side.   THIS is the side that we redesigned.

The stairs, however, pose a problem for her now because she is not able to go up and down them on most days.  This leaves her pretty much stranded on the second floor. Food has to be taken upstairs to her for the most part, and it has been this way from the very beginning.

I’m a decorator and redesigner.  her father and I are both “DIYers,” so we decided to convert one side of the Jack and Jill bathroom upstairs into a kitchenette for them.

Here’s a video that tells how we got here:

This change upstairs has greatly improved her quality of life and helped her become more self-sufficient and independent.   I am eventually turning the entire 2nd floor into an apartment for her and her fiance, so stay tuned for that project (most likely when the weather turns to winter).

the day the cabinets were installed
the day the fridge was brought upstairs
the day the granite was installed
I hope you were inspired by this project.    Make it a great week!  Linda

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