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Accessibility Renovation

There are many reasons that accessibility renovation need to be done: from aging to handicapped. No matter the reason, the need to leave your home is no longer. Renovations of your existing home can be done to meet whatever needs you may have. There are a lot of things to consider when taking on such a project that you may not have realize would be an issue.

Stairs – Inside and Out: Stair renovation could be a simple as an addition of a railing or a ramp. Ramps are usually installed on the outside of a home, but in the case of homes with sunken living rooms or a few steps up to a kitchen area, a small custom ramp can be installed. For the outside, ramps can be fitted over existing stairs or a complete new structure can be added. These ramps can be on the front or back entrance to a home, in a garage or combined with a new deck. The options are limitless. Large flights of stairs indoors would mean installing railings for those without or installing a chair lift. Some feel these are unsightly though and may want to choose the option of a personal elevator. There are several different ways to make stairs a non-issue.

Doors, Doorways and Hallways: Some homes are structured so that they have wide enough doorways to maneuver a wheel chair through. If yours is not, the option of widening the doorways is available and could be as simple as removing excess trim work. Hallways may also be able to be widened, depending upon your homes layout and architecture. If a wheel chair is not necessary, hand rails can be installed along hallways and even on doors if required. When using a walker or cane, the simplest things like retrieving your keys while holding a bag can be tricky. Little changes, such as a built in table by the door can make entering and exiting a lot easier.

Bathrooms: Most average bathrooms are not accessible with a wheel chair and even if you can get it in there, maneuvering is out of the question. Though this would take a larger renovation, expanding the entrance to accommodate is possible. Checking for what is on either side of the bathroom in adjoining rooms, usually reveals closets or dead space that can be incorporated to open up the bathroom to a size that will work. Walk – in tubs are an option that have become popular in recent years and would require no help getting in and out. Handrails can be installed by the tub, toilet and sink. A raised toilet also makes transferring from chair to toilet easier. The cabinet height may need to be lowered and faucet made longer to accommodate a shorter reach.

Kitchens: Most kitchens are built with room to move, but, if you are wheelchair dependent, you may need to have your kitchen remodeled to make cupboards and pantries more accessible. There is also the ability to have a ramp built and raise the existing floor up to the bottom cabinet height. Handrails, built in stools and lowered appliances are all options to explore.

It may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but getting the right company to think of things you may not and build a quality and safe renovation is a must. That is where we can help. For a free consultation please call or email us – Tomer Amir 416-824-4426 or Tal Amir 647-885-4112