Mr.Schwab holds the following credentials and professional memberships
Member: American Institute of Architects (AIA) Certified Aging in Place Professional (CAPS) Certified Green Professional (CGP) NAHB 50's Plus Housing Council Member.
The Services we offer: Custom building design: consultation, construction documents, construction administration for both new homes, commercial buildings and renovations that include Universal Design and Green Building Practices. Stock home plans: included in the plan book titled above. Revisions per your building site, and particular requirements.
Home-Modifications: remodels and additions with universal design and energy efficient construction.
Fair Housing Act and ADA facilities compliance reviews: We come to your location to do a
detailed assessment and report. If requested we can prepare a proposal for design
modifications as required by you, Local State and Federal codes.
Multi-family: building design and construction documents.
Commercial building design: that includes universal design and green building practices.Complete design and consultation services available.
Phone/Fax consultation: pertaining to your specific project. This will depend on how complete your drawings are to date.
Our Mission: Provide home plans and additions that are universal designed and include sustainable green features. Homes that provide independent living while conserving and protecting our natural resources.
Our Vision: Is that by the year 2020, all new homes in America willinclude Universal Design features and will be built with sustainable green design and products.
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Education and Experience:
Charles is a graduate from The College of Environmental Design and Architecture at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He also studied Architecture and Art for 12 months at The University of Regensburg, (in the former West Germany). He traveled throughout Europe while studying Art, Architecture and German. He spent much of his time sketching and watercolor painting. Upon graduation from CU Boulder Co.in1984, Charles lived and practiced as an intern architect in Aspen, Colorado and specialized in custom residential, and hotel design and detailing. He also gained significant experience with historical remodels.
In 1987 while working as an Architect in training for the award winning Aspen,CO.firm of Hagman -Yaw Architects, He worked with the team for several years completing construction documents for The Aspen Ski Company Hotel. I still remains Aspen's only five star hotel. Mr. Schwab's first complete set of construction and detail drawings and while a project manager was created while working as the Architect intern on the Aspen Center for Environmental studies (ACES), under award winning Architect Tim Hagman. This project is located in the heart of Aspen. This is now an AIA Colorado, award winning building and features "green"sustainable and passive solar design and construction. Much of Charle's earlier design and detail work can be seen throughout Aspen. In 1992 he returned to the Midwest to begin his own practice. Upon his return, he lived with and was a caregiver for his Grandfather. It was after his Grandfather suffered a series of strokes that Charles realized most American homes do not meet the needs of the elderly or most anybody with a physical disability. He came to believe it was nearly impossible to live your entire life in your own home. Since 1992, Charles has been specializing in universal design and green sustainable housing. He is an active proponent of sustainable building practices,water preservation and energy saving alternatives in building design and construction. These experiences motivated Charles to create the concept of TheUniversal Designed "Smart" Home : the merging of universal design and sustainable, green building construction as homes for the 21st Century. While completing the written portions of Universal Designed Smart Homes for the 21st Century in February 2003, Charles had a bike accident that left him with a shattered left humerous and an eventual prosthetic implant. He found his own home (not of his design) to be non-accessible even with this type of disability.This experience, as well as being a caregiver for his Grandfather, has convinced Mr. Schwab of the importance of universal design and housing that encourages easy living for people of all ages and abilities. His experience with energy efficient building and green building practices has convinced him that the combination of the two traditionally separate schools of design and practice is the common sense housing type for the 21st Century. In 1993 Charles wrote designed and published America's first Universal Design Home Plans book that also include energy efficient, green design and construction details. The book is titled Universal Designed "Smart" Homes for the 21st Century, 102 Plans you can order and build. He is working to design, educate and inform so that these homes will become common in the 21st Century. Charles continues to be an advocate for universal design and energy efficient housing design. He contributes to Special Living magazine,EP/Exceptional Parent magazine and PN/Paraplegia News magazine. The plan book has been featured in The WallStreet Journal,New Mobility magazine,Ultimate Home Design magazine, Quest Magazine, Canada's Abilities magazine and dozens of newsletters.Please click the articles button @ left to read articles written by Mr.Schwab. Although Charles is active on a national level he takes pride in providing individual service and hands on design and expertise.He is an active member (AIA) of the American Institute of Architects. (CAPS) Certified Aging in place Specialist,(CGP) Certified green Professional and a 50's Plus housing Council member. he is also a member of several Independent Living organizations.
Charles Schwab Architect and Schwab Publishers is not affiliated or related to the Schwab brokerage company.
Professional Disclosure Statement
As noted in the plan book: Charles M.Schwab AIA, is a registered Architect in the states of Illinois,Colorado and Wisconsin.Many states may require Architect seals in their state. Most states do not require an Architect's seal to design a home. However, in the states that do,we can help you find and Architect or Structural Engineer that can review and or provide additional drawings and specifications. We work with various professionals around the country. With custom home projects, we will contact your local building inspector to research your building codes. Home plans are designed per the 2009 IRC. In Illinois we are now designing per the new 2012 codes as required by new IEC Energy codes and state law. Life Span Home Designs LLC is a separate business than Schwab Architects and has its own sales US tax license for plans and book sales. The plan books and home plans are published by this company with design and plan review by Mr. Schwab. The home plans have Life span Home Designs LLC/ Universal Design"Smart "Homes as the imprature (title block). The plans do not include the word "Architect" as these plans are not sealed as that is not required as noted above.
This single level plan has an optional home office with a seperate door.