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Accessible Design and ADA Design in Madison WI

Accessible design has been a growing trend and can be part of any remodeling project. Starting with ADA design to accommodate physical limitations, accessible design has continued to grow and even accelerate with aging if the baby boom generation.

Baby Boomers want ADA Design

Aging in place is a type of remodeling allowing people to stay in their homes as they age and physical abilities slowly diminish.

An article in The Journal of Housing for the Elderly states “aging in place is not having to move from one’s present residence in order to secure necessary support services in response to changing needs. Aging in Place has grown in popularity and celebrated by

the National Aging in Place Week and the National Aging in Place Council that promotes the positive outcomes of seniors having a choice in their care and living arrangements”.

The design and build process Westring Construction, LLC uses lends itself perfectly to creating and building the best possible environment to support an aging in place strategy in Madison WI.

Tips for ADA Design Remodeling

Entry Ways

The entry way to your home is your connection to the rest of the world. It is important for receiving guests, for bringing in the groceries, for getting to appointments and for getting out to social events. It should be safe and convenient no matter what the weather, day or night, no matter what your condition.

Barrier-free entryways make it easier for a family member or friend who uses a wheelchair, or an individual on crutches because they’ve broken a leg or twisted an ankle, to gain access to your home.

Kitchen Ideas

If you love to cook, but find it difficult to bend over, or if you have a height limitation, there are numerous steps you can take to modify your kitchen to make it more “user-friendly”, such as:

  • Providing a desk/work area with knee clearance
  • Ensuring there’s ample maneuvering space
  • Installing a sink with knee clearance
  • Installing a raised dishwasher
  • Lowering a cooking surface
  • Mounting a wall oven or microwave at reachable heights
  • Making sure there’s an abundance of storage space within reach
Bedroom Ideas
  • Building a walk-in closet with storage at different heights
  • Ensuring there’s ample maneuvering clearance
Bathroom Ideas
  • Build a roll-in shower with multiple shower heads (height adjustable handheld showerhead and fixed)
  • Lowering the bathroom sink and making sure there’s proper knee clearance
  • Installing a elevated toilet
  • Installing rocker light switches that are easier to turn on
  • Installing grab bars
Lighting

One way to reduce accidents in the home is to make sure you have proper lighting where you need it. Outdoor areas, stairways, the kitchen area, the living room and other places where you like to read, are just a few examples where lighting is often needed.

  • Use rocker-type light switches wherever possible. You can turn them on and off with the touch of an elbow if your hands are full.
  • Well-placed skylights and ceiling lights are an example of the type of lighting you should consider adding to your home.
Yard

if you maintain a flower or vegetable garden in your backyard, you may want to consider raising you beds at some point. Raising your beds can help reduce fatigue and stress on your back. You may also want to consider adding a ramp to your home as stairs can become more difficult to navigate.

Contact us for more information about ADA Design and accessible design remodeling in Madison WI.