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Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Remodeling Tips, Remodeling Tips & Articles

3 Areas to Get ADA Ready for the Holidays

The table is set with your finest china and the scent of roasting turkey greets your guests at the door. You’ve planned the perfect holiday for your family and friends, but is your home ready to handle the needs of every guest?

For family members with physical limitations, visiting loved ones during the holidays may present challenges that could be embarrassing or even dangerous, but with only a few simple upgrades, your thoughtfulness will make their stay in your home safe and comfortable. Dale’s Remodeling construction team recommends these stylish universal design options and ADA upgrades for private residences based on requirements found in the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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  1. Ramps and Entryways

Wheelchair ramps—they are the first things your guests see when they pull up to the curb and you want them to be as beautiful as they are functional. In public buildings the ADA requires wheelchair ramps to measure in length one foot for each inch of rise, meaning a 30-inch rise requires a 30-foot ramp. We recommend AZEK or Timber Tech building products for stylish and long-lasting ramps.

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Door openings should be a minimum of 32 inches in width between the face of the door and its stop, with an open swing of 90 degrees, and shorter ramps could clear the way to get over threshold steps. Once inside, a comfortable maneuvering clearance for wheelchairs is considered to be between 42 and 48-inches square.

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  1. Counter and storage space

Don’t keep a good cook down! Let them have the space they need with a dropped section of your kitchen counter. The ADA recommended measurement for wheelchair access is 28 to 34-inches off the ground and open knee space of 30-inches wide. For more versatility, consider an adjustable table, which can be operated either manually or automatically with the push of a button.

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Easy access, pull out shelving will make cooking more convenient for everyone in the house, and raised toe-kicks will bring the countertop to the cooks who find it difficult to bend over their tasks.

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  1. Bathrooms

Residential bathrooms can pose a big problem for overnight guests dealing with disabilities. Our contractors recommend replacing your tub with the latest trend in bathroom remodeling; doorless showers. This modern, popular design is perfect for a beautiful and easily accessible bathroom.

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Add grab bars, multiple showerheads and slip resistant flooring to allow even more control over bathroom needs.

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Other areas to consider

Put frequently used items within easy reach with custom storage that will place everything right at their fingertips. Include USB ports and designated places for things that are easily misplaced.

With only a few ADA inspired upgrades your home can become a safe, comfortable and beautiful place for family and guests alike to enjoy the holidays. Give us a call or stop by our showroom to explore your options further.

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