When designing your house, you should ensure you come up with a space which functions equally for all the people who live there. A good home design should allow easy access and livability. It has to incorporate accessible features into the structure’s overall design.
When embarking on a design project, ensure that you are realistic about your design. Consider how your house will have to work for each member of your family. But you don’t need to spend lots of money upgrading your house. The focus is to make it more aesthetically pleasing and more functional. To make your house more livable, here are some helpful tips.
Allow Easy Access to the Door
Rather than having steps that lead to the front door, have walks that let you access the door with ease. If somebody in the family uses walkers or wheelchairs, you will want to install zero-step thresholds into your living areas from the garage and main entrance.
Place All Essentials at the First Floor
A home that has wide hallways, zero-step entry and an accessible bedroom and bathroom can invite anyone, regardless of ability. There is no need to move anything to handle a disability. Also, make sure the floor has soft, fresh and fluffy carpets for more comfort.
Automating important features in the house can make life easier for everyone there. Think about installing lights that have motion sensors and remote controls so that you can operate everything from lighting to electronics, automated door openers, heating/cooling systems and fans to whole house intercoms.
Get the Most Natural Light
Have lots of windows and patio doors to welcome natural light inside the house. And for areas that don’t have windows, you need to add skylights. Apart from enjoying the benefit of more light that has less glare, you are likely to find this light essential in boosting mood in the house.
Have an Accessible Bathroom
To make your bathroom accessible to all users, consider installing a curbless shower stall that has a floor which slopes to a drain. Also, ensure you have adjustable hand-held shower head that users can easily switch on and off. For people with different height, multiple shower heads are perfect. Also, a walk-in tub is a good consideration for those who prefer a bath. Another upgrade to make the bathroom accessible is using a toilet hat has a set which is 17” to 19” off the floor. Ensure there is enough under the space for knees when the user uses the toilet.
Add Accessible Switches and Outlets
An accessible and livable home should have easy-touch light switches around 42 inches from the ground. Ensure outlets are 18 inches from the floor.
Make Kitchen Utensils and Equipment Accessible
Kitchens need the most work in order to safely accommodate especially those who use a wheelchair. To make the kitchen more livable, move daily items such as cups, foods, snacks and dishes to a lower level. Appliances with top-level controls such as the oven or stove can be replaced with those with controls at the front. With this, it will be easier for anyone in the family to operate them.