For the last 10 years, the third bedroom in my home has been serving dual purposes. I’ve been utilizing it as a home office. My husband uses it as a home gym. However, before long, this multipurpose room will need to be repurposed into a nursery. Because I can’t allow my future baby to sleep on a treadmill, my husband and I need the assistance of a remodeling contractor. This type of professional can improve this chaotic space and help turn it back into its intended purpose, a bedroom. If you need to remake one of the rooms in your home, consider hiring a remodeling contractor to complete the work for you. On this blog, you will learn the ways a remodeling contractor can transform a multipurpose room into the space you need.
It is estimated that more than three million Americans are in wheelchairs. If you or a loved one is bound to a wheelchair, you know how frustrating it can be to accomplish simple tasks—such as cooking a meal. Fortunately, you can eliminate some of the difficulty by making your home a bit more accessible.
If you are looking to remodel your kitchen and need wheelchair accessibility, keep these four kitchen design tips in mind:
1. Add Open Spaces
You can make a kitchen a lot more functional for those in wheelchairs by adding open spaces. An open space, large enough to accommodate the wheelchair, can be placed under kitchen countertops and major appliances. Although simple, it will make daily tasks such as cooking and preparing meals much easier.
To ensure you get the perfect fit, measure the dimensions of the wheelchair while you or a loved one are sitting in it.
2. Implement Accessible Storage
As you can imagine, reaching items can be very tough if you are bound to a wheelchair. Since you cannot stand or bend, it can be extremely difficult to put dishes away or grab a cooking utensil that you need. While you shouldn't eliminate storage options that are taller, do make sure you implement some that are closer to the ground and easier to reach.
Store most used items in lower drawers or cabinets. Use a peninsula to store small appliances, cutlery, and utensils. You can also use baskets and other types of storage to keep items accessible and hidden.
3. Opt for Levers
Traditional doorknobs and cabinet hardware are difficult to grasp, especially if you cannot reach it very well. To make things easier to get to, opt for lever-type hardware. You can use this type of hardware on faucets, cabinets, and drawers. You can even use it on doorways, if you have any in your kitchen.
4. Use Mirrors Thoughtfully
A simple mirror can make cooking in a kitchen a lot easier for someone who is wheelchair bound. You can place a small to medium sized mirror above the cooktop. Although it might sound weird, it can be very handy, as it will allow you or loved one to see things as they cook. Just remember that you may need to angle it, so make sure you have that option available before installing it.
Although re-designing a kitchen to be more accessible may seem like a difficult task, it can be made easier by following these four tips. With some creative solutions and the help of a professional contractor, your kitchen will be beautiful and easy to use for all. To learn more, contact a company like Kelly-Fradet Lumber with any questions you have.