Many Woodlands families find it necessary to consider accessibility in designing their kitchen because of a family member with a disability or because of aging family members who are experiencing some physical limitations. At this time, there is no code of accessible design for residential homes. There are, however, sets of guidelines for various levels of home accessibility. Many of the features needed by persons with disabilities are also attractive and useful to others.
If you want to make your remodeled Woodlands kitchen more accessible, here are some of the basic steps you might take:
Design help is also available from organizations like the Arthritis Foundation, the MS Foundation, the Parkinson’s Foundation and agencies on Aging. These organizations can also help you find architects and certified kitchen designers in Woodlands who have the knowledge and experience to help you make good choices in creating an accessible kitchen. These organizations can also help you find manufacturers who make the appropriate styles of appliances.
The primary considerations in kitchen accessibility are:
1. Space – enough open space in the appropriate parts of the kitchen to allow someone to turn a wheelchair or a scooter.
2. Access – counter height, appliance design and storage design that is accessible to someone with reaching, bending or standing limitations.
3. Safety – think about and plan for alternative ways to do things, such as moving heavy items, reaching across cook tops or ranges, ability to reach needed items from a wheelchair.
With some research and thought you can create an accessible and stylish Woodlands kitchen remodeling design that will be fully accessible and safe for family members with mobility limitations.