Designing Accessible Spaces During the Home Remodel Planning Phase

When you’re ready to remodel your home, the planning phase comes first, before any demolition and building. If one of the goals of your project is to create accessible spaces within your home, there are several design aspects you can expect to find in the preliminary drawings and estimate from Dimension Design-Build-Remodel, Inc.

After completing a preliminary design agreement, professional home designers from Dimension come out to the home to begin establishing the project scope and develope the floor plan. Then they formulate a proposal that outlines the project goals, the budget, and the cost of preliminary design drawings. This includes exploring floor plan options to find the best solution to then create an accurate cost analysis to determine if we can move forward as is or need to make different design decisions to meet the established budget. These detailed drawings are one of the services that sets Dimension Design-Build-Remodel apart from other companies –the guesswork is removed from estimating. With Dimension’s accurate project estimate, you’ll be able to trust that there will be no surprise charges.

Dimension’s president and CEO, David Kallie, is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). He is knowledgeable about home modifications and solutions for those with differing abilities.

When the purpose of your project is to create accessible spaces, there are three main aspects of accessibility remodeling that you can expect to find in the preliminary design agreement and drawings from Dimension Design-Build-Remodel.

  • Increasing the width of doorways and hallways, and opening up the floor plan. “Accessible house plans have minimal walls and obstructions,” David said. The design will allow for 5-ft. x 5-ft. turning room in all accessible spaces, and doorways and hallways that are at least three feet wide.
  • Reducing trip hazards and stairs. All living spaces will be on the main level or accessible by ramp or elevator. In addition to floor clutter, the most common tripping hazards are rugs, carpeting, and uneven surfaces like a threshold or step between rooms. The design plan will correct these hazards and include additional safety enhancements like improved lighting.
  • Installing accessible hardware and appliances. Modifications can be made in every room of the house to improve functionality. Knobs will be replaced with levers, light switches with toggles, and high counters with slide-out shelving. Faucets, showerheads, and toilets will be at optimal heights with enhanced technological features. “Smart devices can also be used to manage lighting, heating and cooling, and more,” he said.

According to the Center for Disease Control, 13.7% of people have a mobility disability. Not all disabilities are alike, so every aspect of the design plan will be customized to the homeowner’s unique needs.

“Safety and independence must be a priority,” David said. “You can count on Dimension Design-Build-Remodel to provide you with a beautifully remodeled home that functions for you.”

To arrange an appointment, call 262-402-6602 or complete our contact form. We look forward to designing accessible spaces for you.