The kitchen should be a space that everyone in your home can enjoy. If you’re looking to make the busiest part of your home more accessible to aging family members or people with mobility issues, you need to make a few important considerations. With the help of a skilled design-build contractor, you can easily design a kitchen that suits the needs of the whole family.
Our home remodeling experts suggest keeping in mind these things when planning and designing an accessible kitchen. Remove Barriers
Lowering countertops by two inches can allow for seated use. You can also install counters of different heights to meet everyone’s needs. Eliminating under key countertops allows legroom for people in a wheelchair. You can leave the space under the sink open and install the drainpipe toward the back. Make sure that pipes are insulated to prevent burns. Drop the wall cabinets lower for easier access. Power-adjustable cabinets that go up and down the wall as needed are another great option. Smart Storage
Another thing you need to consider for your kitchen renovation is storage. Standard cabinets and drawers are often too deep for someone in a wheelchair to reach. Space can also become limited as certain areas are removed for legroom. You have to be smart and creative with your storage space to keep your kitchen stocked and to minimize clutter.
Roll-out cabinets are easy to access and utilize. There, you can place your pots and pans. It’s more challenging to design storage for smaller spaces. Consider pull-out pantries for boxed and canned goods. Add more shelves with a narrow width so you can utilize your cabinetry more effectively and easily get a hold of what you need. Choose the Right Appliances
Separating the cooktop from the oven provides space for legroom underneath. Avoid the need to reach over hot burners with front controls. Staggered burners reduce the risk of someone getting hurt. You can place wall ovens at the height that works for you. People in wheelchairs can benefit from side-hinged models.
Refrigerators with pull-out drawer freezers allow the most access, but side-by-side models work as well. Controls must be low enough to reach from a seated position and easy to use. Place the microwave at or under counter height. The dishwasher is the only appliance that should be raised from the standard installation height for wheelchair users.
If you need help designing and building your new kitchen, Cipriani Remodeling Solutions is here for you. Our kitchen remodeling professionals are well-equipped to bring your dream kitchen into life. Call us at (856) 202-3322 our complete our online form to learn more about our services.