Kaisa Puhle, Naples Design Studio Consultant
Aging is not always the easiest thing to talk about. But, if you are planning to live in your home for the long haul, this may be a topic to address sooner rather than later. The Americans with Disabilities Act has a list of guidelines that will allow your home to age with you. Ashton Woods can help you design a home that evolves along with your family.
When building your home, it’s important that doorways and entryways are 36” wide to allow for easy access. Entryways should always be level, with no thresholds. Adding a ramp will allow for increases or decreases in elevation. Living areas should have clearance between furniture to ensure accessibility for mobility aids.
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Design the kitchen for everyone, regardless of their capability. Leave space below or extend countertops for wheelchair seating. Consider this type of space for your kitchen’s prep area, too. Don't overlook appliance locations and heights! For example, a drawer microwave in the island is not only unique, but is convenient and reduces clutter. Check your local county codes to make sure all regulations are up to par.
There are many options to customize bathrooms. In powder rooms, consider pedestal sinks and elevated toilets. In other bathrooms, vanities that are 36” high allow for seating or mobility aid access. For people with limited mobility, grab bars, shower benches and handheld shower heads are essential. For wheelchair accessibility, showers should have a slope, with 60” of clearance space. Flooring is just as important as any other design feature. Our designers can provide you with beautiful options for slip-resistant flooring.
With a little forethought, you can ensure that your Ashton Woods home will be as timeless as you.