Building & Remodeling for Accessibility
Currently there are over 48 million people with some type of disability. But in this section we're not just talking about people with serious physical disabilities; our nation's baby boomers are aging and physical limitations will become reality for more and more people.
Unfortunately, there are few homes designed with these limitations in mind. So when something does happen, we usually haven't planned for it. We end up having to make due as best we can, with the living conditions we have. You may have heard terms like "barrier-free" and "universal design". These are principals of design where the goal is to use products and space that can be easily used by people of varying abilities. And this includes people who are short, tall, someone with arthritis, someone in a wheelchair, and even children.
In addition to making existing homes more accessible, we need to look at the future of new house designs to ensure that future homes will be built with an emphasis on maximum convenience, safety, and accessibility.
We, at Hometime, have only limited experience in dealing with building and remodeling for accessibility and do not claim to be experts. This segment is only intended to give you information on the techniques and products that we've found in working on our projects.