CU Denver architecture students design custom homes with veterans and their service dogs in mind

DENVER - We've all seen service dogs, but how about a service home?

This semester CU Denver architecture students are teaming up with Freedom Service Dogs. The students are using their design skills to help create a new home with veterans and their dogs in mind.

Former Marine and father of three, Paul Durbin, 35, lives in constant pain after being injured in a training operation while stationed in Miramar, California.

"Fell on a pile of wire and my knee hit the pallet and I was looking at the bottom of my boot, watching my foot sling-shot back into place," says Dubrin. "I've taken several falls down the stairs which has ruptured a disk in my back and messed up my hip."

Now Durbin and his service dog, Harmony, are the inspiration behind these model homes that are custom made for veterans. The houses are super green, energy efficient, and designed far beyond typical ADA standards.

Briana Ore with Freedom Service Dogs is Harmony's trainer. She was also brought in to help the student make the perfect home for man and his best friend.

"Counter height, where the sinks are placed, different appliances," says Ore. "Ways that they could make handicapped accessible housing that would be practice for our clients."

David Stanathan is one of the students competing for top design. His home features an elevator for easy accessibility. It even has a rotating wall with a bed attached to it.

"So if Paul was stuck in bed and not able to get out for dinner one evening, the whole wall could rotate and the family could still spend dinner together," says Stanathan.

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