Designing a Mobility Friendly Home

If you are looking to build a lifelong dream home, one that is grandchild friendly as well as wheelchair accessible, kb homes are the builders for you. With customization and personalized design options available in every step of the building process, you are at the helm of creating the lifestyle you want and need in your life today and looking forward towards a comfortable and beautiful retirement.

For those looking to prepare for retirement there are several home design features that should be considered and included in a home. These features will make accessibility and mobility easier for those who may have the opportunity to care for an aging parent or who are facing unforeseen medical challenges that restrict movement.


#1 Wheelchair Accessible Entrance


For a multi-age home there should be at least one entrance that is easily accessible with a wheelchair, cane, or walker. This would include a very gentle ramp, no stairs, and an easily crossed door threshold. Anyone building a home that they plan on being in when their parents or they themselves reach an age where walkers are needed should consider this as an essential option.


#2 Extra Wide Interior Doors


Interior doors typically come in 24″-27″ sizes, which is not wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. However, wider doors are available through online retailers and you can design 36″ interior doors into your floor plan, ensuring that no matter what the need, you will be prepared to accommodate it.


#3 Intuitive Use Features


Intuitive use features include kitchen drawer pulls that are easy to use for small hands as well as arthritic hands can operate, single shower handles that show one obvious direction to move for hot or cold, easily customizable shelving in storage areas, and easily manipulated locks on doors and windows.


#4 Low Physical Demand


The ideal in accessible design involves appliances raised to a height that doesn’t require stooping and bending, light switches that can be activated with an elbow or shoulder, and electrical outlets at higher positions (18″-24″) on the wall. These accommodations can make daily living much easier for someone with limited mobility.


#5 Universal Design Elements


Planning a dream house is more than just planning for low activity areas or making the home feel as if it were planned specifically for handicap accessible use. A dream house should feel as if it would fit the needs of any family who moved into the space. Universal design elements include at least one full bedroom and bath on the ground floor that is easily accessible for any level of mobility, a ground level laundry room, pull-out working boards in the kitchen at varying heights to accommodate any size person, and a paddle-handled faucet at the sink (which everyone seems to find easy to use).

These small concessions to ease of use can translate into any family, no matter what their size, shape, or mobility may be.

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