Accessible Remodeling—Making homes easier to live in
Accessible remodeling is remodeling that is designed to make a home more functional and easier to “access” for clients with handicaps or disabilities. Accessible remodeling is closely related to remodeling that is intended to make a home easier to live in as the owner gets older. This specialty is called “aging in place” remodeling. H & H Builders is a Certified Aging In Place (CAPS) remodeling company. This means that Dilsha and John have attended and graduated from the Certified Aging In Place training offered through the National Association of Home Builders Remodeler’s Council. We are both Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS) certified.
The process of accessible remodeling and CAPS remodeling involves assessing the existing condition of the house and comparing it with the special needs of the occupants. Special needs can range from conditions such as arthritis that may make it difficult to operate traditional doorknobs, to the need to use a wheelchair that usually requires wider than normal doorways. The next step is to develop a plan for remodeling the home so that it better suits the needs of our clients. Accessible remodeling is primarily concerned with meeting existing needs of the inhabitants. Aging in place, on the other hand, also means anticipating future needs of our clients and then doing remodeling work that will make it possible and easier for them to continue living in their home as they get older.
Accessible remodeling and CAPS remodeling both ensure that it is possible for our clients to get in and out of their home with grace and ease. The inhabitants must also be able to use their homes for the primary functions of daily living including; cooking, eating, dressing, personal hygiene, sleeping, personal recreation and socializing with friends and family. All of these functions can be made easier and safer by thoughtful design build remodels that account for exisiting and future needs.
One of the most difficult rooms in the house for many people to use is the bathroom. Bathtubs and showers can be especially difficult to get in and out of, for people with weak or painful knee, hip and ankle joints and/or legs and feet that don’t work well for one reason or another. Poor balance and dizziness may also be issues. Showers can be remodeled so that they have low curbs or none at all. Shower doors can be eliminated. Showers can be built so that it is possible to sit while taking a shower. Easy to hold, warm to the touch grab bars can be installed. Tubs and showers can be built with adjacent seats and hand held sprays that make it easier for someone to provide assistance to the bather if needed. There are many possibilities for home modifications and improvements.