Handicap accessible luxury homes
We use the term Universal Design to describe a building process that is configured to our client’s specific physical and lifestyle needs.
We can do everything from simply adding structural grab bars in a bathroom, to lowering the entire home into the box-joist allowing for the elimination of any and all steps. We can also eliminate the curb from the shower, widen all the doors and lower the kitchen and countertops to accommodate the height of a client in a wheel chair.
We build homes with Merv filters as a standard practice and can increase the air exchange rate and filtration process to allow for a near “dust free” environment should the client suffer from allergies. If you can dream up a custom situation, chances are we can build it. Handicap accessible homes, wheelchair accessible homes, one story home plans, among other accessibility options can be worked out. Please ask to see the list of homes we’ve built incorporating Universal design features.
What are some examples of accessible home amenities?
- No-step entry
A flush entry into your home from the front door and garage can be achieved with a gentle slope at grade. Inside the home, curbless showers can be installed to promote a truly step-free living area.
- Wider hallways and doorways
36” doorways and larger hallways improve ease of access throughout the home and create a grand appearance. 5’ turnarounds throughout the home ensure functionality for wheelchair users.
- Hard-surface flooring
The flooring you choose for your home is so important. Hardwood or tile flooring may be a better option than carpeting for some homeowners. Non-slip flooring options like bamboo, cork or vinyl may be chosen to help prevents slips and falls. Flooring transitions and color or material changes may help homeowners with vision or depth perception issues.
- Grab bars and blocking in walls
Most common in bathrooms, blocking in walls can be installed to accommodate grab bars which provide extra support and assist with balance.
- Motion lights
Motion sensors add value to the exterior and interior of your home. Whether lighting the driveway or rooms as you enter them, they can increase functionality and security.
- Residential elevators and dumbwaiters
In any style of home, elevators can accommodate access to lower or upper levels. Dumbwaiters can be installed to assist with transporting items between different levels of the home.
We can install countertops that have different colors or patterns toward the perimeter to assist those with depth perception issues or degenerative eye disease or problems with vision. Multi-level countertops may also be a useful alternative.
Roll-out shelves, roll-out trash and recycling bins and base cabinets with drawers rather than doors can increase kitchen usability. Glass doors and open shelving may help the visually impaired. Barrier-free sink bases, high and deep toe kicks under cabinets and appliances can be incorporated to assist with wheelchair mobility.
Ovens with side-swing doors, double ovens installed side-by-side and microwave drawers placed beneath the countertop are just a few examples of Universal Design appliances. Appliances may be raised for ease of access and may come with smooth touch controls instead of knobs.
- Lever Handles
Levers may be used in lieu of knobs on exterior and interior doors as well as cabinetry to assist with limited hand strength and arthritic issues.