Congratulations on your new home! If you used to live in a cramped townhouse, it’s a gigantic relief to have a new place to live. This scenario is especially noticeable if your previous digs were built more than 50 years ago. Society (and life in general) was very different back then. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) revolutionized the concept of accessible housing. Other accommodations also shared the spotlight, such as remodeled kitchens. Let’s talk about how to focus on accessibility in your new kitchen space!
More Accessible Sinks and Countertops
The “work triangle” is the cornerstone of many kitchen designs. As such, they should be the focal point of the remodeling process. Adjust the work areas based on your evolving needs; if they’re meant for people without mobility challenges, they won’t be of much help otherwise. Lower countertops and sinks make the workspace easier to use. Pull-out storage is also immensely helpful for keeping vital cleaning supplies close to hand. Choose rounded edges instead of corners – this will account for aging-in-place when you or a loved one could bump up against sharp corners and accidentally hurt themselves.
More Accessible Storage Solutions
Every efficient kitchen needs plenty of storage. The key to this, in terms of renovation, is to also emphasize how accessible the room is. Base cabinets should be upgraded to include custom pull-outs, drawers, and roll-out shelves. This design choice will also facilitate retrieving various necessities for family members who have trouble bending over or kneeling on the floor.
Increased Focus on Accessible Appliances
Many homeowners decide to get new appliances and call it a day. If you want to give your kitchen a redesign, that won’t suffice. As such, the range, oven, microwave, dishwasher, and refrigerator should all be easy to reach, open, and use. We suggest you go to a showroom and search for inspirational ideas that can help you achieve your accessibility goals.
The Floors, the Islands, and the Work Zones
Mobility issues are more than a nuisance to the people affected by them. It can make their daily lives frustrating because cannot move around as easily. Doorways, hallways, and other such points of egress need to bed redesigned as well – not just the kitchen itself. Work zones, islands, dining tables, and storage areas need to have enough space so that crutches, wheelchairs, and prosthetic limbs won’t be as much of a hassle when it’s time to eat.
Call Matthews Construction and Design Today!
Are you ready to optimize your Maryland home’s beautiful kitchen? The professionals at Matthews Construction and Design can help. For over four decades, our team has been successfully transforming residential properties, both inside and out.
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