In today’s world, it is becoming more and more popular for adults to care for their aging parents. Because of this, the need to add handicap accessibility to a home has risen drastically over the course of a few years. If you are considering a custom home building project that will include this need, here are a few things that you will want to consider changing in your design.
Focus on the Outside
While much of the renovation will be focused on the inside of your home, don’t forget to also include the outside of your home in the renovation process. One of the first things you can do is add ramps around your front door. However, you may also want to consider your sidewalks and driveway and install special material that allows wheelchairs to move easier.
Inside the home, you will definitely want to make some changes to your bathroom. Adding railing for hand support is a great option, but you may also want to install a shower that is large enough for a wheelchair and slip proof flooring.
For those who are still able to care for themselves, adjusting countertops and tables where they are able to reach them is especially helpful. In your kitchen, you may also want to consider lowering cabinets and shelving to make them more accessible.
In general, you will want to take a look around your home and determine problem areas for a handicap person. For example, check out your flooring and determine if a wheelchair can easily travel through the home. You may also need to widen doorways and other entrances to make it easier for a wheelchair to travel through them.
These are a few areas you will want to consider in your home design when you are caring for a handicap individual. To learn more about the custom home building process, contact us today.