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Handicap Access-Accessible Solutions for your Home or Office
 

What makes a home handicap and wheelchair accessible? It's the ability to enter and move around without any of the obstacles such as steps and narrow doors. The bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchen are wheelchair accessible. Everyone's needs are a little different, so you'll have to make a few changes to any plan to suit your individual requirements and physical limitations.

Bathroom Remodeling:
Your bathroom can be modified or re-designed for wheelchair access. Modifications to the bathroom will help avoid injury and is our most requested service.

Lets start at the bathroom door. Why do architects design, and builders insist on installing a 24" door to the bathroom? Wheelchairs need a minimum 32" door for a straight in approach. If the doorway is located in the typical hallway and requires turning a wheelchair, you'll need a 36" door.

Handicap Grab bars: We install grab bars and safety rails to insure you won't lose your balance and provide a safe, accessible surrounding. Safety bars provide stability for everyone, including the elderly and those with physical limitations. It's the most cost effective home modification we make!

Faucets can be replaced with single lever controls. Consider the use of anti-scald temperature controls that prevent the water temperature from exceeding an established limit.

Sinks can be installed to allow wheel chair access. Vanity cabinets can be removed from below the sink. This will expose the plumbing pipes requiring covering with insulation or boxed in to prevent contact with sharp edges and burns by hot water pipes. Pedestal style sinks can give you a little more room to maneuver, but can be difficult to use from a wheelchair and are usually a couple of inches higher than the standard vanity top. We suggest a wall mounted lavatory.

 

 

Toilet seat height varies from one individual to another, usually between 17" to 19". Toilets can be replaced with special units or raised seats can be installed. Grab bars can be installed for balance and support and to allow individuals to safely transfer from a wheelchair.

Bathtubs can be hazardous. Transferring from a wheelchair to the tub can be difficult. The tub area must be carefully designed to provide maximum safety. Grab bars can be installed to provide support. Tub transfer seats allow persons to sit in the tub and take a bath or shower without having to lower themselves to the tub floor. Many people find it difficult to use a tub. Bath tubs can be replaced with showers.

It can be difficult for some of us to step in and out of a bathtub because of the high tub walls. We can make it easier by replacing your tub with a shower. We custom build our showers depending on your site conditions. The configuration of most existing bathrooms will limit the size of the shower to the tub area (standard tubs measure 30"– 34" x 60")
.Doors can be widened for wheelchair and walker access. We remove the existing door unit, relocate the light switch, widen the framed opening, install a new wider door unit and repair the finished flooring. With our experience, two good carpenters will complete this in about 4 hours, and that includes paint!

Closets: Most walk-in closet doors are only 24" wide. The door can be widened, shelves and rods lowered or adjustable shelving installed. Usually the light switch must be re-located and made accessible per the individuals requirement.

 

Accessible Kitchens:
It can be difficult for people in wheelchairs to use standard counters because of the cabinets below. Under counter base cabinets can be removed to provide access to the sink or work area. A pull out or drop leaf shelf can be added for working space.
Sliding shelves can be installed in lower cabinets. Electric receptacles, garbage disposal and exhaust fan switches can be moved to the front of the counter or cabinet.

Accessible Doors: In order to accommodate a wheelchair, (a standard wheelchair is 24-27" wide), doorways should be a minimum of 32" wide. If the doorway is located in the typical hallway and requires turning a wheelchair, you'll need a 36" door.

It can be difficult to open a swinging door without a clear floor space (18-24") on the pull side of the door. An alternative could be the installation of an automatic door opener, but they are very expensive.
Additional door clearance can be obtained by using Offset hinges , increasing the width by about 2", and is often enough to provide the necessary minimum width for a wheelchair to pass through the doorway. You can gain an additional 1" of clearance by removing the lower portion of the door stops from the jam.
Handicap Wheelchair Ramps:

Wheelchair ramp installation is also one of our most requested services.

We can construct access ramps using a variety of materials and surfaces. The design and construction materials will be determined by site conditions, budget and interaction with the client. The most appropriate solution for each clients circumstances will dictate the final choice of materials and design.

 


Click the thumbnail above to view a wheelchair ramp design

This is a typical floor plan for a wheelchair accessible home.

Do you need our help?
Finding a contractor familiar with handicap accessible home construction can be a real challenge for anyone. We offer accessible home remodeling and modifications to fit your budget and preferences. Our service begins with a free evaluation of your home. We make recommendations with your current and future needs taken into consideration. Contact us today to see how our experience can work for you!

Please visit our supplier Barrier Free for further information and products available for all your wheelchair accessibility needs.


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