Voorhees-based Architectural Firm Designs Accessible House for Mt. Laurel Family
MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., Aug. 31, 2010 A simple act of generosity last year has led to an outpouring of support for a family in Mount Laurel, N.J. In order to enable their 8-year-old son, Dominic, to receive the best education through the Mount Laurel school system, Dave and Joanne Stratton lived in a one-bedroom converted 1940s chicken coop in the township. Initially purchased as a fixer-upper, the structure presented many problems, including an old septic system and a well with unhealthy water.
In the spring of 2009, a frequent passer-by and concerned resident, Pam Machulsky, left a note on the Strattons door, offering to assist them in someway after seeing Joanne struggle to put Dominic on the bus to school. Even though she did not know of the issues the Strattons had with their family home, Machulsky was moved to help in an Extreme Home Makeover way. As a result, the Stratton Home Trust was created and has raised thousands of dollars to date for Dominics House.
John Canuso of Canuso Builders, the team that is building the new home, approached Bill Feinberg, president of Feinberg & Associates, a few months ago asking for assistance on the project. The architectural firm has experience with special needs and accessible floor plans, and Feinberg was eager to help incorporate specific elements to fit Dominics needs.
We want to ensure Dominic and his family have optimal space to grow and live comfortably in this new home, said Feinberg. With an accessible layout and an open floor plan, the Strattons and Dominic will have a much easier time moving around the house.
Feinberg & Associates is donating its time and resources, as well as the development of the design a two-story, 1,784-square-foot Cape Cod-style house, which is slated to be completed by the end of the year. The entire first floor of the home will be accessible with wide doorways, ramps from the garage into the entry foyer that can be easily navigated by a wheelchair, low sinks in the kitchen and bathroom, a roll-in shower and a special therapy room. The second floor will contain the master suite for Dominics parents.
This project is a great reminder of how a small group of people can come together and make a difference for someone in need, stated Feinberg. This story is an inspiration, and we are very thankful to be a part of it.
Feinberg & Associates, P.C. is an award-winning architectural design firm that has assisted builders and developers with various residential and mixed-use projects from its earliest stages of due diligence to the final closings of the buyers in the marketplace.
The Rotary Club of Mt. Laurel will be hosting a golf outing on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the Burlington Country Club in Mt. Holly, N.J., which will benefit Dominics House. For more information about the project or to donate, visit www.dominicshouse.com.
PHOTO CAPTION: (Standing L-R) Feinberg and Associates Scott Nehring, project manager; Bill Feinberg, president; and Mike McQuaide, project manager, look on as Dave Stratton shows his son, Dominic, the design of their future home. Feinberg & Associates is donating its time and resources, as well as the development of the design a two-story, 1,784-square-foot Cape Cod-style accessible house to ensure Dominic and his family have optimal space to grow and live comfortably in this new home.