Top 5 Improvements Your Home Needs to Make It Accessible

  • By Jeremy Thompson
  • 01 Mar, 2015
In our last blog we told you how to make a home safer as you age. This time we’re going to pinpoint some of the most important improvements you as a home owner can make to your home which will make it safer for young, old or for anyone with a physical limitation. Investing in […] The post Top 5 Improvements Your Home Needs to Make It Accessible appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.
This veteran's home features a lowered oven, microwave and multi-level countertops.

This veteran’s home features a lowered oven, microwave and multi-level countertops.

In our last blog we told you how to make a home safer as you age. This time we’re going to pinpoint some of the most important improvements you as a home owner can make to your home which will make it safer for young, old or for anyone with a physical limitation.
Investing in these improvements is not only worth it because it will maximize the safety and comfort of your home as you age, but if you ever put your house up for sale the improvements you make will appeal to a larger market of buyers.
If you only want to make a few changes, these are the top 5 we recommend!
Zero Threshold Entrance
A zero threshold entrance, similar to what we have on our Country Living Plan , makes the access easy for anyone. Place zero threshold entrances on all entryways including your front and back doors, and the garage.
A Single Floor
You may have to start at the beginning of your home planning process to use this tip. But a ranch style, or single floor home makes a home navigable for everyone, whether they are young, old or have physical limitations.
Wider Hallways and Doorways
Wider hallways and doorways make it easier for those in a wheelchair or for those using a walker. Install pocket doors on doorways so someone using a wheelchair or a walker does not have to maneuver around a swinging door.
Curbless Showers/Baths
Install walk-in showers and baths with grab bars. They are multipurpose as they are useful for children, the elderly and the handicapped.
Lowered Cabinets/Counter Tops/Controls and Easier Controls
Install all cabinets and shelves at a level reachable by all so that no one has to use a stool or ladder to use them. Install counter tops and controls such as light switches and thermostats at a level accessible from a sitting position. Choose a cook top with front controls. Install lever handles on all faucets, doors and windows to make them easy to open. Select remote controlled products, such as window shades.
Besides the Country Living Plan, J. Thompson Builders can offer other homes with accessible design features. Contact us today!
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