Handicap Residence

January 13, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Handicap Residence

 

Supply and demand is a law that can apply to many things in this world.  As far as housing is concerned, supply is in short supply for true handicap housing.  As architects and builders, we call these homes, “Accessible”. You will often see rentals advertised as handicap, but keep in mind that this only alludes to amenitiesthat are located on the ground floor. Well-designed and crafted housing for the disabled is scarce. This is especially true in single-family homes where there is a market for something nice that does not seem cluttered and institutional.  Here are a few nice accessible features that need to be considered: 

  • A comfortable-size kitchen with sink(s) which may be rolled under and faucet placed on the side within easy reach
  • Built-in and on-counter appliances that are easy-to-reach
  • Windows with low sills that can bring the sun in for a person confined to a wheelchair
  • Low drawers with easy-to-reach items accessible from a seated position
  • Bathroom(s) with a spacious transfer area beside toilet
  • A wooden chair rail that allows people to navigate using touch
  • An entry that hides the ramp within the landscape as opposed to unsightly metal ramps
  • Low-threshold entry doors




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As baby boomers become older the need will only increase. Maybe it is time for your next property or home to be truly accessible.  Consider using our architectural services for your personalized design. We have the specialized training to get the details right!

 

Janette Hruban, AIA, is an architect with Hanson Carlen Architecture and Construction

www.hansoncarlen.com 

 




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