Remodeling a Kitchen for Disabled Access
Remodeling a kitchen for disabled access is essential for certain people. For some people, the decision to remodel a kitchen is just because they want to update and upgrade what they have currently, so the room looks better. For others, however, there may be a physical need to make changes. If you a family member or someone at your office or business has become disabled and needs special accommodations in the kitchen area in order to use the area safely, you are going to want to make some renovations. There are some things you want to consider when planning a remodel of this nature so you can be sure the kitchen is safe and usable.
Changes to Make
Before moving ahead with any remodeling efforts, you want to spend some time doing your homework and planning things out carefully so you can be sure the job gets done correctly right from the start. It may be a good idea to work with a contractor or contractors that are familiar with projects like this so you can get the advantage of their experience and insight. Talk to a building contractor or an electrical contractor like Hoffer Electric to get input on what to look for and what to do. Here are some aspects to consider:
- Appropriate Floors and Space – You want to make sure that the kitchen design is one where a person with mobility issues, such as someone using a cane, wheelchair or crutches, has the room to maneuver and turn without issues. You also want to make sure the flooring is one that is of a non-slip material to reduce the potential of a fall.
- Countertops – The countertops of your kitchen need to be at the appropriate height so that they are usable for everyone. Persons in a wheelchair need counters and a safe and accessible level so they can perform kitchen tasks without stretching too far or not have the ability to see things safely.
- Appliances – Getting the proper appliances installed is very important in a renovation like this. The Americans with Disabilities Act does offer a list of compliant appliances such as cooktops, ovens and other appliances. Consider a refrigerator with a bottom drawer freezer and a countertop microwave instead of one over the stove. You can have the appliances installed by a residential electrician or commercial electrician to make sure they are installed properly and have the proper access.
Pay Attention to Small Details
It is often the small details that get overlooked in a renovation like this, so you want to make sure to consider everything carefully before you move ahead with the project. Make sure all of the electrical outlets and electrical switches are within easy reach and can be used without a problem and get stronger lighting fixtures installed for brighter and better visibility. Your electrician can make proper recommendations to you so that your kitchen is ideal for easy and safe access for all.