What We Do
The concept of Universal Design aspires to broad-spectrum solutions that can benefit everyone, not just people with disabilities. Moreover, it recognizes the importance of how things look. From this perspective, our designers look for opportunities to accommodate various needs that will blend with your overall design and provide all family members and visitors the convenience of a well-designed kitchen.
Conserving Energy - Green Building
Home heating fuel prices have become one of the greatest threats to people wishing to remain in their homes as they age. Accessible Lifestyle can help you stay in your home longer, more comfortably, and more economically, by helping you to make your home more efficient.
- Insulated vinyl windows save money and effort… Our windows can tilt in for easy cleaning on both sides.
- Replacing filament bulbs with energy efficient bulbs can save on lighting costs. And because they burn cooler, they are safer to the touch and will help you maintain cooler interior temperatures in the summer.
- With every complete bathroom and kitchen remodel, all exterior walls are fully insulated with the highest R-rating fiberglass insulation that will fit inside your wall.
These are just a few of the green building options. There are still many more available.
We’ve assembled a list of standard repair recommendations that can be chosen by the client to assist in their barrier-free lifestyle. For example:
- Grab bars
- Lavatory faucets
- Handheld showers
- Tub seats
- Portable ramps
- Misc. hardware & devices
- 36" interior & exterior doors
- Roll under sink in bathroom
- Side opening oven doors
- Side-by-side refrigerator doors
Pre-modeling is a term used to describe the many things a person can do to prepare their new or existing home for possible future adaptable uses. None of us can predict the future, but we can all prepare for it. We’ll show you some tips to making sure your next home or remodel meets your needs and does not turn into an expensive and unnecessary re-remodel.
Safe passage from room to room is just as important as properly outfitting the rooms themselves. Hallways and doors may need to be widened, direction of door swings may need to be changed, and even door hardware can sometimes present barriers to simple navigation throughout a home.
Stairs & Lifts
The sprawling single-story ranch is a hard find these days. Therefore, multi-level living is a familiar challenge for people. Two commonly welcomed solutions to this are stair lifts and home elevators. We can help educate you on the benefits of either solution, or which might be most suitable for your home.
Unlike your typical kitchen design centers, our designers come to you. This provides us a unique opportunity to consider surrounding rooms and outdoor areas that can dramatically influence a design. And to make sure that you are getting exactly the cabinets you have envisioned, we will have drawings representing the exact door style and wood species that you have chosen. Then, while your cabinetry is being built, the cabinet designs may be used as reference for choosing other materials such as wall paint, countertops, hardware, appliances, and fixtures.
Making your bathroom more accessible does not necessarily require a full conversion to wheelchair access. As part of your next accessible bathroom, we’ll show you some simple things we can do that will help make your bathroom easier to adapt to your changing needs in the future. With very little foresight now, you can save thousands in unnecessary major remodeling in the future.
Home Entry Solutions
The ability to safely enter and exit our homes is the very first matter to address. If there are site limitations that will prevent the ADA-specified rise/run requirements (12" of horizontal run for every 1" of vertical rise) for a ramp system, a wheelchair lift may be more suitable.
Home Evaluations For Accessible Living Solutions
In order to provide our customers with the construction services that will best serve their short and long-term needs, we often refer to a simple checklist based on the routine activities of daily living.
Basic activities of daily living (ADL) include eating, dressing, getting into or out of a bed or chair, taking a bath or shower, and using the toilet. Instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) are activities related to independent living and include preparing meals, managing money, shopping, doing housework, and using a telephone.
Important: Since we are not medical experts, we encourage all home evaluations to be performed by, or in collaboration with, an Occupational Therapist or other health care professional who is familiar with the specifics of a client’s current and projected conditions.