The custom home building process is an exciting time for any customer. When a mobility-related disability is present, the process can lead to a feeling of more independence within the home.

  • Make sure the doors meet federal disability standards. The most important aspect of the home is to make sure all of the doorways meet federal standards. If there is concern about a specific chair, bring it with you when you meet with the builder to use as a measuring tool.
  • Consider an open concept in order to ensure there is enough room for moving freely through the home.
  • Safety is paramount. If you need them for stability, ensure that each bathroom you use has safety bars installed.
  • Ask for lower counters so that you are able to reach the sink and properly use the space without having to struggle.
  • Cabinets are a must for storage space in the home. In the kitchen and other rooms that will have cabinets with shelves, have adjustable shelves installed. Talk about cabinets with shelves lowered using a hook. These work great in the kitchen for seeing spices or even dishes.
  • Level entry way. One more note on doorways, make sure that all doorways to the outdoors are level. If there is a garage attached, ensure this transition is also level. A level entry way creates a safe, smooth entry for any type of mobility device. 
  • Ranch style works best if not have some type of lift or elevator installed during the building process.

If you have questions about accessibility in your custom home contact us today. We understand every customer’s needs are different and look forward to designing a home fit for your needs.

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