When we talk about home remodeling projects, esthetics undoubtedly plays a significant role. However, improving the functionality of the place is paramount when it comes to home remodeling for the disabled in San Diego, as well as senior-friendly home remodeling. For individuals such as veterans with disabilities, targeted remodeling may be just the thing they need to be more independent. What’s more, feeling and being more self-sufficient will empower disabled individuals with the much-needed sense of self-worth and self-respect.
Let’s take a look at the short overview of the disability-friendly home remodeling, as well as some practical ideas.
Cost of remodeling for disabled individuals
Needless to say, the type of home renovation project will depend on the type of disability. The overall cost of the project will largely depend on it, as well. The average reported cost is $5,301, with most homeowners spending between $1,488 and $9,114. In truth, some homeowners have been reported spending as little as $200 on minor improvements, whereas there are those who spent as much as $20,000.
Various funding options are available on a federal level. You can consult the National Council for Independent Living for options available near you. Also, there are many federal resources for people with disabilities, along with resources for veterans and seniors. Check out the Disability Resources offered by the U.S. Department of Labor, with more information available on their official website.
As for permits for remodeling for people who rent their homes, the Fair Housing Act of 1968 states that tenants have the right to make reasonable modifications to their apartments, mostly concerning accessibility modifications.
Type of modifications to the interior and exterior
Again, the type of modifications will depend on the type of disability. Still, there are some universal modifications such as adding grab bars and handrails throughout the house of apartment, installing slip-resistant flooring, putting a wheelchair ramp in place, etc. Let’s take a look at some specific suggestions.
The first step towards having a disability-friendly floor is to make sure it’s non-slip. It doesn’t stop there, though. The flooring should also be as non-porous as possible, highly durable and with a fairly smooth texture so there are no bumps or dents that can obstruct easy roll-on. Also, the surface should be easy to clean and easy to maintain overall. This especially applies if there are service animals around the house.
The usual choices include vinyl, laminate and cork flooring. In addition to being easy to maintain, cork flooring is also very eco-friendly, soft and excellent for people with allergies.
Hardwood flooring may not be the go-to solution here, although it benefits visually-impaired individuals – it’s not nearly as soft as cork flooring, so it’s much noisier. In turn, all noises can be heard better, which is beneficial for disabled individuals who rely on their hearing extensively.
Install sinks with open space underneath
Floating sinks and vanities with ample space underneath are great for wheelchairs because the person can move around the bathroom more easily.
Toilets with higher seats
Installing a toilet with a higher seat is a great idea because higher seats mean less distance between the wheelchair and the seat. Also, for visually-impaired people, it means less distance when transferring from the standing to the sitting position.
Adapts the shower/tub
Walk-in showers are the absolute favorite with people with disabilities, especially if they have a direct, unobstructed walk-in or roll-in entry. A grab bar is a must, as well as lever-handled water valves and hand-handled showerheads. Installing a vacuum-sealed door is also a smart move.
Install space-saving kitchen cabinetry
There are several things you can do to adapt the kitchen, as well. Being smart about kitchen cabinets is definitely one of them. Motion-sensitive lower cabinets, pull-out drawers and cutting boards are just some of the many options for installing smart cabinets. In addition to catering to the disabled, this type of cabinetry saves a lot of space around the kitchen and reduces clutter.
Install motion-sensitive or voice-activating lighting
Nowadays, it is possible to control almost every aspect of our homes by using smart technologies, that is, our mobile phones or tablets. Cutting-edge technology such as voice-activating and motion-sensing lighting is definitely something to invest in.
Install ramps and lifts
Regardless of the type of disability, moving around the house should be as easy and unobstructed as possible, especially if it’s a two-story house. You can install ramps and lifts to eliminate the need for stairs. Portable ramps are an excellent solution for smaller spaces. As for lifts, there are many types available, including the inclined platform, vertical platform, and stair lifts. Consult your contractor about the best ones for your needs.
Widen the doorways
Ideally, indoor doorways, as well as those connecting the indoors and the outdoors, will be 36 inches wide, to secure the smooth maneuver of the wheelchair. If not possible, 32 inches should be the minimum.
Sliding doors with shatter-resistant glass are also a good option as long as they are easy to open and close.
Adapt the doors
To make sure all doors are opened and closed easily, you should have all handles and locks placed at a lower level. With the advancement of smart technologies, solutions such as automatic door openers are also available.
Adapt the outdoor space, as well
In addition to adapting the doorways, there are other ways to boost the outdoor living potential for disabled homeowners. Small improvements such as leveling the ground and creating wheelchair-friendly paths are where you should start.
Consult a trustworthy and versatile team of San Diego home remodeling experts at Classic Home Improvements. We will help you find the perfect balance between functionality and esthetics by catering to your specific needs, preferences, and budget.