Benefits of Universal Design & Wheelchair Accessible Projects Through Cleveland Design Remodeling
Improved function and more feet of usable space. Often a friend, relative, or family member has difficulty using or accessing a room: the doors are too narrow, the tub is dangerous to get into, the steps are hard to maneuver, the counters are too high, etc. Home modifications based on universal & accessible design principles can open the entire home for their enjoyment.
Increased safety. Remodeling with access and ADA compliance in mind can reduce the risks of falling and injury in bathrooms, kitchens, entrances, stairways, or anywhere inside or outside your home.
Added style and improved home values. Outdated kitchens and baths can be eyesores and reduce future market value. A stylish, safe renovation can make the rooms in your home easier to use and more fun, relaxing, and enjoyable.
Independent living and aging in place with reduced caregiver costs. Many of us would like to make plans to age in place or want to preserve the ability of our aging parents or disabled family members to live independently. Improved accessibility (for someone in a wheelchair, walker etc.) and universal design remodeling can save money and allow all members of the family to enjoy life at home for as long as possible.
Knowledge of specialized VA grant funding program - If you're a veteran you may be eligible for the Home Improvement and Structural Alterations (HISA) grant for home modifications to stay independent and in your current home. Call us for more information.
A trusted company with specialized training in ADA compliance and universal design. Our goal, as a remodeling company, is to understand your needs and to remodel or modify your space to fit them. Our age in place universal accessible design training (we are CAPS certified) helps us to achieve this goal. Our approach to customer service has also won our businesses numerous service awards.
Frequently Asked Questions About Wheelchair Accessible Remodeling & Universal Design
1. The bathroom is a dangerous place for my aging parents. How can we make this space safer?
Consider having us help you with pull-out shelves, lower light switches, higher electrical outlets, illuminated switches, anti-scald shower valves, and non-slip floor coverings. As well, safety and style need not be mutually exclusive. Cleveland Design & Remodeling carries the Luxuria collection, which seamlessly integrates safety and support in its sleek modern fixtures and accessories.
2. How can I remodel my kitchen with universal design and accessible features?
To make the kitchen easier to use include wider alleys and walkways, pull-out countertops, pull-down and pull-out shelves, higher (18” from the floor) electrical outlets, lower (48” from the floor) light switches, and task-specific lighting.
3. I don’t need an accessible kitchen today, but I’d like to plan for the future. What modifications should I make during a remodel now?
With proper planning now, you can save significantly on remodeling costs later. Simple options to make now that will save you money in the long run include widening doorways to 36”, creating at least one zero-step entrance, and replacing knobs with lever handles on cabinets and doors.
4. What is the difference between universal and accessible design?
Universal design focuses on meeting the needs of all people, including those of limited abilities (whether they are young, old, big, small, etc.), without specialized design. It can be thought of as “invisible design” – when universal design is done well, most people don’t “see” it but notice that their homes are easier to enjoy and use.
Accessible design focuses on modifying a home to meet the specific needs of a person(s) with some type of disability (whether the disability involves mobility, vision, hearing, mental capacity, etc.). Accessible design is often required for someone who has a degenerative or chronic health condition or may have been injured in a traumatic event or be in a wheelchair.
5. I have a small bathroom and need a fully accessible design. Is this possible?
Yes, if you plan well and choose the right products, you can have a fully accessible small bathroom. The remodeling project shown below (images courtesy of Equal Access Homes) has these products and features:
- Lifetime vanity, two-drawer mobility cart glides out and has pull-out cabinets
- Curved curtain rod in the shower separating the shower stall from the toilet area
- Hand-held and rain showerheads
- Comfort-height toilet (ADA-compliant and roughly the same height as a chair) for ease of use for people of all statures
- Recessed, in-wall soap and shampoo niches (set at different heights to accommodate all shower users)
- Level-entry floor (using a glass-reinforced plastic, GRP or fiberglass, base) and wet room design
6. It’s difficult for my Dad to get in and out of our home or to enjoy our deck in his wheelchair. What solutions do you suggest?
To make your home accessible to visitors or residents who use wheelchairs, who are disabled, or have special needs, consider a handicap-accessible front entrance or garage ramp, a no-step level entrance, or a chairlift. If possible, try to install a level front entry instead of a ramp. Although it’s more expensive, it does not detract from your home’s curb appeal the way that ramps can.
7. We own a multi-level home, and it’s difficult for my husband to get up the stairs. What solutions do you offer?
Depending on your mobility, needs, and budget, we offer several solutions, including residential elevators, stair lifts, and vertical platform lifts.
8. How can your company help with a home remodeling project that incorporates universal design or handicap-accessible modifications?
Our design consultants take the time to get to know your needs. We’ll learn how you want to use your space and present potential solutions in an easily understood manner. We also have invested in specialized training for remodeling that promotes aging in place, universal design, handicap-accessible and independent living spaces. In our 33 years of experience as a remodeling and renovation contractor, we have learned the importance of coordinating with everyone involved in the process – homeowners, caregivers, adult children, etc. We even have knowledge of VA grant programs that can help some people get the funding they need.
Video: Convert a Tub to a Wheelchair Accessible Roll in Shower
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In this video you’ll learn the key elements to consider in converting a tub into a wheelchair accessible roll in shower.
Handicap Accessible Bathroom & Kitchen Remodeling - Universal Design
Whether you need a handicap accessible shower or a safer kitchen or bathroom for an aging parent Cleveland Design & Remodeling & The Bath Doctor can help. Our Certified Aging in Place Specialists and Universal Design Remodeling Specialists can provide home modifications that enhance safety, function & style.