Barrier-Free Kitchens and Baths
The thought of home should bring feelings of comfort and well-being. Having a space that is uniquely yours, and supports the individual needs of you and your family is essential. When you or another in the home are a wheelchair user, designing a beautiful and barrier-free kitchen and bath is where an experienced remodeler is an invaluable resource.
The first step toward any project is an open discussion to gather information about your needs, likes, and dislikes. An in-home visit allows us to observe you in your space, take measurements, and capture photos for reference. We’ll ask you to complete a detailed survey to aid in the design process as well. The ADA sets standards for accessibility, but there may be additional needs to accommodate an individual, such as medical equipment or a limited range of motion, hearing, or sight. There’s no need to sacrifice style and beauty! With each passing year, the list of flooring, cabinetry, bath, and technology options grow.
Installing a smooth, durable surface that won’t bunch or buckle and is easy to clean is optimal, especially if there are pets or service animals in the home. Slip-resistant vinyl and laminates are typically the most durable and least expensive. Wood is also a fantastic option in the kitchen, although it does add cost and requires higher maintenance.
Bring everything in reach with a custom-design. Lowered or multilevel countertop heights allow for a more accessible workspace in the kitchen. Pull out drawers with handles keep items at your fingertips. Appropriate toe kick and knee clearance beneath cabinetry, sinks, and vanities make for a more natural flow.
Good design is pivotal! Clearance to U-turn smoothly in the space, roll-in tubs, and curbless showers with grab bars aid independence. Higher than standard toilets can help decrease the distance from a wheelchair when transferring or sitting and standing.
Light switches, thermostats, outlets, appliances, door locks, and security systems can all be controlled wirelessly. Depending on your preference, most can be controlled by voice, motion, or Bluetooth technology.
Let our caring, experienced and professional team at Callier & Thompson be your guide to designing a beautiful, functional barrier-free kitchen and bath!