Design with a Purpose: Our Primrose Plan Expanded

Rocky Mountain Plan Company members competed in the 2014 NAHB International Builders Show Live competition to design an accessible home for a very special client. Utilizing our passion for the charrette process to brainstorm ideas, pool our talents, and be creative, we collaborated on a home to fit the needs of a wounded veteran. 

At the 2014 International Builders Show in Las Vegas, the NAHB Design Committee partnered with the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) and Building Homes for Heroes to put on a LIVE design competition on the IBS exhibit floor, focused on designing a home for one of America’s wounded veterans returning from war. Working within set parameters, design teams had nine hours to complete their designs.

Members of the Rocky Mountain Plan Company—under the team name of the Collaborative Design Group—were one of just four teams selected from the NAHB to participate in the live design competition. The parameters of the project were revealed the morning the design competition began. 

Rocky Mountain Plan Company BALA elevation


The client was a war veteran in his mid-twenties who is missing both legs and half of his pelvis and requires the use of a wheelchair 100% of the time. He had also been diagnosed with a severe traumatic brain injury that periodically affected his hearing. 

He enjoys sky-diving and had done it once already. He would like to pursue a career with either the Department of Homeland Security or the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division. Because of his injuries, family members often visited him to help out and they would need a place to stay for a day or two at his home. 


The project scope included the following: each team was required to design a single-family detached home between 2000-2500 square feet, with three bedrooms, a study, and a minimum of two bathrooms. The home was to be built in Northern Virginia, on a lot that would accommodate a home no wider than 50 feet and would include space for a two-car garage, with one of the vehicles being a custom van with a ramp. 

The home needed to include universal design features that would be wrapped into the plan and would not necessarily be obvious to the owner or houseguests, but would make daily life easier. In addition to the client stipulations, the design needed to take into consideration life-cycle costs and should be energy efficient and low maintenance. Surrounding neighborhoods of the chosen lot featured many different architectural styles, including Colonial, Shingle, Nantucket, Modern, and Craftsman homes. 

Rocky Mountain Plan Company BALA floor plan

The team members of the Rocky Mountain Plan Company came up with a design that impressed many of the participants at the IBS convention. Our design features an easy, accessible, walk-through floor plan, with an open kitchen and a great room with an astounding view out the rear of the home, and includes an accessible covered patio with an outdoor fireplace.

The open entry and driveway provide easy turnaround space for maneuvering a wheelchair, and the plan provides unobstructed access from the garage into the home as well as an area to drop off bags and personal belongings. 

The attention grabber of the home is the massive great room with large windows from the front that draw the eye through to the back of the home, giving an uplifting, positive energy to the space and filtering natural light throughout. The master bedroom and adjoining three bedrooms provide easy access from one room to another.

The final design our team came up with and refined from this design competition became our Primrose plan, a fully accessible one-level home with plenty of Arts and Crafts architectural charm. We’re proud of the design story behind this great plan, and we believe that the power of thoughtful design truly can empower you and should serve to make your day to day life easier. Check out Primrose below:



  • 2450 Square Feet
  • Ranch Plan
  • Foot Print: 50’ x 94’
  • Main Level: 2450 Square Feet
  • 3 bedrooms · 2 bathrooms


Please note that the square footage for a ranch plan reflects the main level only. Square footage for a two story plan reflects the main and upper levels only. Lower level square footage is considered optional.