University at Buffalo | School of Architecture and Planning
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Welcome to the Home Modifications Home Page

The Home Modifications design team provides design and consulting services for families and individuals, social service agencies, and not-for-profit organizations requiring home modifications. Over 800 environmental projects (emods) have been completed ranging from simple modifications to major re-design, structural changes and additions. Some projects are done on a pro-bono basis and others are completed for service fees. Clients have included private individuals, New York State Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), New York State Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Brockport State College and the New York State Insurance Fund.

view from front entryway
Mapping of Modified Homes

Over 800 home modifications have been completed by the team to date throughout New York State. Click on the map to see the local emod projects completed in Erie County


Entryway modifications

Entry modifications increase access, safety, and independence of individuals entering and exiting their homes. Common types of entry modifications include ramps, platform lifts, automated door openers, widened doorways and threshold alterations. Click the images below to see examples of completed emods.

Bathroom modifications

Bathroom modifications can enhance performance of daily activities such as washing hands, taking a shower, and using the toilet. Common types of bathroom modifications include roll-in showers, grab bars, wall-hung sinks, walk-in or raised tubs, and toilets that are raised or lowered. Click images below for examples of our design projects.

Indoor Mobility Aids

Indoor mobility aids, or assistive technology devices, can help individuals navigate and access different parts of their home, such as the bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, and upper floor levels. Indoor mobility aids include ceiling tracks, stair lifts, and vertical platform lifts. Click images below for examples of our design projects.


Danise Levine, AIA, Project Director and Architect
Jonathan White, Intern Architect