NAHB Design Committee Chairperson, Sanford Steinberg (left) presents the 2014 BALA Live Design Award to AIBD members, Kevin Holdridge and Chuck Harrison.
AIBD members Chuck Harrison (PA) and Kevin Holdridge (NC) teamed up to design an award winning home for one of our wounded warriors, Army Sgt. Joseph Garbianowski. Sgt. Garbianowski is a war veteran in his mid-twenties and is missing both legs and half of his pelvis. He requires a wheelchair 100% of the time. He has also been diagnosed with a severe traumatic brain injury that can periodically affect his hearing. He likes sky-diving and had done it once already. Using this information, Kevin and Chuck designed a highly accessible floor plan with creative connections to the outdoors and a huge open Great Room with a soaring ceiling. In the ceiling, they designed space to suspend an old Army T-11 parachute for nostalgia and to help with the acoustics in the large space. Along with the normal amenities in a 3-bedroom, 2-bath home with a 2-car garage and study, Chuck and Kevin squeezed in two prominent display areas for Sgt. Garbianowski’s career memorabilia. Both the IBS attendees and the panel of judges agreed their entry was the winning design. And, the jury felt, “Even though their design included all the necessary handicap elements, it didn’t seem to be a home designed for someone who has handicaps.”