Home Sweet Home: Wheelchair Accessibility Renovation

As we strive to make our homes welcoming and functional for everyone, wheelchair accessibility renovations play a crucial role. Whether for personal mobility needs or accommodating a loved one, creating a wheelchair-accessible home can significantly enhance comfort and quality of life. 

Join us as we explore the possibilities of wheelchair accessibility renovations, from inside to outside the home, and provide valuable insights into this transformative process.

Wheelchair Accessibility Renovation

Wheelchair Access Inside the Home

Wheelchair accessibility inside the home involves thoughtful modifications to ensure smooth navigation and comfort. This includes:

Wider Doorways: Narrow doorways can be challenging for wheelchair users. Widening doorways allow for easy passage and maneuverability.

Accessible Flooring: Smooth, slip-resistant flooring is essential for wheelchair users. For ease of movement, consider hardwood, laminate, or low-pile carpeting.

Accessible Kitchen: The kitchen is often the heart of the home, and making it accessible is crucial. Lowered countertops, pull-out shelves, and lever-style faucets can enhance usability.

Accessible Bathroom: Installing a roll-in shower with grab bars, a handheld showerhead, and a shower bench can provide convenience and safety. Raised toilet seats and accessible sinks are also key components. Bathroom layouts may also require reassessment. 

Elevated Features: Consider raising electrical outlets, light switches, and thermostats to a more accessible height for wheelchair users.

Wheelchair Accessibility Outside the Home

Ensuring wheelchair accessibility extends beyond the home’s interior to the exterior spaces. It is essential to consider all areas where renovations should take place. Entry to your home and around your yard is as important as inside your home. Here are some considerations:

Ramps and Lifts: Installing ramps or wheelchair lifts at entrances allows easy entry and exit. These should be appropriately sized and designed for safety.

Pathways and Sidewalks: Ensuring smooth and levelled pathways around the home enables wheelchair users to navigate outdoor spaces independently.

Landscaping Adjustments: Trimmed shrubs, trees, and well-maintained lawns contribute to a wheelchair-friendly outdoor environment.

Accessible Parking: If applicable, designated accessible parking spaces with proper signage and clear paths to the home are essential.

Timeframe and Considerations

The timeframe for a wheelchair accessibility renovation project can vary depending on the scope of work and the homeowner’s specific needs. Generally, the process involves an initial assessment, design planning, obtaining permits, and the construction phase. While timelines can vary, working with a reputable contractor like Glickman Design Build can ensure efficiency and quality.

Partner with Glickman Design Build

At Glickman Design Build, we specialize in creating customized and wheelchair-accessible living spaces. With our expertise in aging-in-place and accessibility renovations, we’re dedicated to making homes comfortable, safe, and functional for all. From installing ramps and grab bars to redesigning kitchens and bathrooms, we’re here to help transform your home into a haven of accessibility.

Contact Glickman Design Build today for more about our wheelchair accessibility renovation services. Let’s work together to create a home that meets your mobility needs and reflects your style and comfort. A comfortable and accessible home is just a consultation away.