Home modifications and remodeling create beautiful, functional and accessible homes
Having a home that helps you in your daily life and makes life easier is possible with home modifications. These changes can be to meet the need for more accessibility or aging in place. (See What is Aging in Place.) Forever Home provides accessible home remodeling services in the West Hartford and Avon, CT area.
Home modifications and remodeling
At Forever Home, we can help you adapt or remodel any area of your home. Below are listed some of the main types of remodeling and home modifications we focus on.
One of the most asked for home remodeling projects by our clients are accessible bathrooms. Good design plays an important role in an accessible bathroom and handicap bathroom design requires experience.
By combining my experience in Occupational Therapy with accessible design, I help clients make their bathrooms easier to use. This approach works for everyone, including older adults who are aging in place and people who use a wheelchair. At Forever Home, we are well-versed in American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for accessible bathrooms and recommended bathroom layouts. We use ADA guidelines and Universal Design in the design process, but the design is always customized to meet your needs.
Working in conjunction with the design are the features and home modifications your bathroom will have. At the heart of that is your safety and ease of use.
Falls are the number one reason older adults go to the ER or are admitted to the hospital.
A focus on accessibility removes obstacles that can cause accidents at home. Having an accident at home can affect your long-term health, as well as have an impact on your personal finances.
Some of the features or accessories your accessible bathroom could have, include:
- No-step, walk-in or handicap accessible bathroom shower
- Comfort-height toilet
- Roll-under sink or ADA bathroom sink (sit-down vanity)
- Lever handle faucets, shower controls and door handles
- Water pressure and anti-scald devices
- Bathroom grab bars (ADA compliant)
- Hand-held shower heads, adjustable shower heads
- Built-in shower seats, shower transfer seats
Through home modifications, our accessible design and remodeling teams can help you understand your best choices for your bathroom. This includes everything from choosing the right shower design (which, could be a handicap roll in shower or barrier-free shower stall) to the style and type of flooring that would best suit your home.
Throughout the process you will learn about and have input into the accessibility features, look and final results you can achieve. Our team also can help you find and purchase the right accessories for your new bathroom.
Accessibility can turn a kitchen into a place where you love to prepare meals for yourself and your family. Having an accessible kitchen will mean it is easier to use … you’ll be able to get to the things you need and accomplish your everyday kitchen tasks.
There is a very specific correlation to the level of happiness a person has and their ability to do what they need to do in their daily life. For your kitchen, we understand the ADA kitchen requirements, which includes ADA kitchen cabinets requirement and what it takes to create wheelchair accessible kitchen.
Here are a few home features your new accessible kitchen could have include:
- Island seating or wheelchair accessible kitchen island
- Sit-down kitchen sink or wheelchair accessible sink
- Lever handle or touch faucets
- Multi-level counters
- Roll-out and pull-down shelves or wheelchair accessible kitchen cabinets (ADA compliant kitchen cabinets)
- Universal Design appliances
- Work spaces and open floor plan
- Task lights, more kitchen lighting
If you live in West Hartford, Hartford, Avon, Simsbury, Farmington, New Britain, Burlington and surrounding areas, we can help you create a fully accessible kitchen.
Home additions can make sense if you are going to be taking care of an aging parent or other loved one, and need an accessible room to help support you.
A home addition can be particularly effective when you use it to create an accessible master suite. These master suites can contain a fully accessible bathroom, a large bedroom with open space, a larger closet and additional storage space.
Many times our clients want to help their aging parent(s) or create an accessible master bedroom. A master suite is a perfect solution for this.
Some of the features you could have in accessible home additions could be larger room with open space, wider hallways and doors, or barrier-free entrances and transitions. For accessibility in the bathroom, you could have a barrier-free shower, sit-down (or wheelchair accessible) counters and vanities, grab bars and handheld shower heads.
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Home accessibility starts before the front door. That means, you have to be able to safely get into your home, before you can use your home. That’s where exterior remodeling and maintenance comes into play.
As with the inside of your home, our primary goal is to help ensure your safety. We focus on particular areas, such as the transition between the driveway or sidewalk into your home.
For most of our clients, this means ensuring these and other areas outside of your home are accessible for everyone. (This includes people using wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility devices.)
Generally, we look at areas where the greatest need for safety occurs. This can include walkways, exterior lighting (sidewalks, paths, ramps), ramp installation (modular, custom built), barrier-free walkways and vertical platform lifts.
As our goal is to help our clients, we strive to recommend ways they can reduce the upkeep and maintenance for their home. There are specific places we’ve seen that can make a big difference with a few home improvements, including the repair or replacement of siding with lower-maintenance materials. As well as, repair or replacing porches and decks.
A relatively new trend in exterior accessible remodeling are barrier-free walkways. These walkways are essentially a ramp that doesn’t look like a ramp. They can be constructed of concrete or pavers, and are designed to complement the style of your home. They blend into your landscaping.
A barrier-free walkway is created to provide access to your home by anyone; regardless of their physical capabilities or needs. So, people using a wheelchair, or someone just walking; both would easily be able to get up to your door. They are becoming so popular because they provide the needed accessibility, without compromising the beauty of your home.
Home remodeling and modification made easier
As an Occupational Therapist who is experienced in home accessibility, I know that not being able to easily do what you need to everyday is stressful. Add on top of that someone making these changes to your home … it can cause some anxiety. We make it easier through caring and careful planning, so you can have a home that is safe and enjoyable, and works for your life.