Remodeling A Home For Disabled Persons
Remodeling a home is a complicated and tricky affair even when everything runs smoothly and there are no special considerations to keep in mind. Remodeling a home for disabled persons however is a whole different ball of wax. Whereas more traditional remodeling projects will require no more than standard design and implementation, remodels and redesigns for disabled homeowners require far greater attention, care, and ideas that sometimes fall outside of the box.
The first thing professional contractors will need to do is take an individual’s specific disability into consideration. Not all disabilities are the same and not all needs can be met with the same or similar remodeling/design plans. For example, a homeowner who is unable to utilize their legs will need a contractor working for him/her that not only understands his/her disability but can come up with plans both for the design and construction phases that will make their home, or parts of it, more accessible. Likewise, homeowners who have disabilities that limit their physical abilities will need a contractor who can make either the whole or parts of their home both accessible and convenient.
One of the most common aspects of these types of home remodeling this is the addition of shelves, and clever contraptions that allow disabled homeowners to access and utilize their belongings and/or appliances with little to no effort. This can include custom-built cabinets that are installed low to the ground and are designed in such a way so as to be easy to enter, close, and reach. Oftentimes disabled homeowners and their contractors will install cabinets that roll in and out and sometimes feature adjustable heights so as to be kept out of the way when not needed. While one might believe that these types of cabinets or remodeling work to be overly expensive, nothing could be further from the truth. Not only are the materials for these types of cabinets affordable and readily available at any home improvement store but a smart contractor will know how to put them together and install them at a reasonably low cost.
Accessing food, appliances, and other things in a home or often the priority when it comes to remodeling a home for a disabled person. Contractors however will also recommend chairlifts for those disabled persons who need to access both the upper and lower floors of their homes. Chairlifts generally cost homeowners anywhere from $2000-$5000 depending on brand and the style of their staircase. Additionally these are relatively cheap and easy to install for the majority of contractors. Of course disabled homeowners who own luxurious abodes can have elevators installed which usually run anywhere from $10,000-$30,000.
The most popular room to remodel in any home is the bathroom. This is not so much a popular choice for disabled homeowners but rather one of necessity. Easy access to and use of toilets, showers, and sinks is a must for persons with disabilities and to contractors will often install toilets of different sizes and shapes, cleverly constructed storage nooks, and even things like lifts and harnesses for those homeowners who require it.
Disabled persons who are not just concerned with mobility, easy access, and inconvenience may also wish to hire interior decorator for their home improvement project. Many times the things added to a home for disabled persons are not complementary to a home’s existing decor. A sagacious interior designer with plenty of experience will be able to work closely with a homeowner and come up with some very clever and eye-catching designs that can help contraptions and specially made items blend in to any part of a home.