Disability Renovations – Part 2

Handicap Access and Disability Access Home Renovation

Handicap Access and Disability Access Home Renovation
There are 9 areas of one’s home that can be renovated to make the home more comfortable, accessible, and convenient for someone with a handicap or disability.

Those 9 areas are: Audio/Visual, Bathrooms, Doorways, Electrical, Elevators and Lifts, Flooring, Kitchens, Ramps and Walkways, and Walls.

One of the most important steps in renovating a home for handicap access and disability access is finding a full service contractor who specializes in handicap renovation and disability renovation.

One such contractor is Michael Rogers of Distinctive Renovations by Design in Atlanta, Georgia.

In our previous article entitled “Total Home Renovation for People with a Handicap and/or Disability” we discussed the first 4 of the aforementioned areas. In this article we’ll take a look at the final 5 areas.

The first of the final 5 is residential elevators and lifts. Rogers of Distinctive Renovations by Design says “We install interior residential elevators that meet all state codes and pass all state inspections. In addition, we install exterior lift systems that are fully enclosed and provide safe and secure access to 2nd or 3rd story areas from the outside. A perfect example of this would be a lift system attached to a 2nd story deck. These lift systems are also installed to provide emergency egress from a 2nd or 3rd story area.”

“Overhead lift systems,” Rogers continues, “allow quadriplegic individuals to be able to safely and securely move from one area to another, most usually from a bed to wheelchair and back. A total overhead lift system is installed throughout an entire room or even throughout an entire house, giving a quadriplegic individual the ability to move from any one area within the system to another safely and securely. Overhead lift systems can be voice commanded or manually controlled. All of our residential elevator and lifts renovation and remodeling services are focused on the needs and requirements of our clients with disabilities.

The next area when it comes to handicap access renovation and disability access remodeling is flooring. Distinctive Renovations by Design is an expert designer and installer of all phases of flooring, from engineered hardwood flooring to standard ¾ inch flooring, stained to the client’s taste, to all carpets and burburs, inlays and more. In addition, they install non-slip vinyl and tile flooring in kitchens and bathrooms and on walkways and ramps.

Another important area is the kitchen. Distinctive Renovations by Design designs and remodels kitchens to overcome a client’s height and/or reach limitations. Kitchen solutions include installing appliances at various levels, either fixed or adjustable (able to be lowered and raised in order to accommodate other non-disabled persons who use the area as well), and custom cabinetry that utilizes pull-down mechanisms to automatically adjust shelf heights.

Ramps and Walkways are crucial to making a home more handicap accessible as well as disability accessible.

As far as ramps, Rogers comments “We build and install custom ramps built from wood, aluminum or concrete and designed to suit each client. We employ a number of different techniques when designing ramps. Proper ramps lower and rise by one inch every foot, so if a client has a 36-inch high door at a home’s front entrance, then we will design and build a 36-foot ramp to ensure the ramp meets all code requirements. If space is an issue due to the restrictions on ramps mentioned above, we can install a lift system that safely and securely will lift the client into the home. A typical lift system requires no more than 12 square feet for proper installation and use.”

“Walkways,” Rogers continues, “are constructed of either concrete or wood and are designed and installed to complement ramps. For example if an installed ramp does not reach a finished driveway a walkway can be installed to connect the ramp with the driveway and create a seamless path from doorway to driveway.”

The ninth and final area to consider when undertaking a handicap access remodeling or disability access renovation is walls. In order to increase ease of getting around a home walls can be renovated or moved entirely. Renovating and moving walls requires an expertise to know which walls are load bearing
and which are not, as well as how to replace crucial load bearing structures.

To provide his clients with expert handicap access renovation and disability access remodeling services, Michael Rogers uses Computer Aided Design (CAD) and provides a 3-D drawing of the existing home and then incorporates all of the renovations into the design. Clients receive a summary of changes and a
breakdown of all of the costs so they understand the full scope of the work in advance.