No matter the circumstance, the majority of homeowners are concerned about affecting the value of their house when they undertake renovations that are accessible.

However, making well-informed, practical, efficient, and architecturally sound accessibility changes can improve a house’s value, comfort, and convenience.

Improve Accessibility to Increase Home Value

Many homeowners worry that a home accessibility change could make their home appear less like a house compared to a hospital unit, which could lower the selling value.

Any home modifications must be in line with the building’s organic architectural flows and aesthetics to avoid alterations that could be considered clinical.

Therefore, homeowners must consult an architect, designer, or contractor, as well as an occupational therapist, before making any decisions. If you can, talk to a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) residential designer.

Making significant changes is essential to ensure that anyone who visits a property won’t notice the modifications implemented to help make the property more user-friendly. What’s important is to make changes using universal design (UD) concepts. Using UD architecture and interior designs that enhance the home’s structure and enhance the home’s overall appearance is feasible.

Universal Design

As a notion, UD plays an essential role in the design and planning process for almost every aspect. UD suggests that everything from houses and gardens to entire parks and cities must be user-friendly, intuitive, and adaptable to everyone.

UD does not only affect space. The ideas contained in UD concepts may inspire cars, coffee makers, clothing, planes, toys, and weapons designs.

Examples of Accessible Renovations Which Could Potentially Raise the Ottawa Home’s Value

Kitchens Counters: It should be lower to make it easier to access them whenever it is possible. Install shelves that slide inside cabinets.

Bathrooms: Install half walls instead of installing grab bars into bathrooms and also install roll-in showers. Install toilet paper hangers which can also be used as grab bars to assist in the vicinity of toilets.

Elevated Porches and entryways: It includes decorative hand railings on any staircase, whenever possible. Create an adjacent ramp or build a ramp for wheelchairs on the other end of the elevated landing. The best solution is to create a path towards the dock.

Install a decorative railing if the porch landing is not drop-off protected on its edges. If the fence is difficult to put up, add large flower pots along the edges to provide decorative edge security. Build a wall with a flat top rail if it is possible. Fences with flat tops offer shelves to store heavy things when entering the home. They also provide space to place other ornamental items like potted plants.

An Overview of Some General Design Ideas

  • Design Wider Hallways and Open Floor-Plans: Open floor plans promote flexibility and ease of access by minimizing enclosed, restricting spaces. Hallways should be a minimum of 5′ wide to provide a turning area for those with wheelchairs, walkers, and other mobility aids.
  • Handles for doors and cabinets: For those with disabilities or arthritis, rounded knobs are difficult to grasp and turn. Installing lever or loop-style door and cabinet knobs is therefore highly recommended.
  • Light switches that are lower and electrical outlets that are higher: Light switches should be 48″ above the floor, and electrical outlets should be 15″ above the floor, if possible. Those with mobility disabilities or difficulty bending over will find it easier to reach this way.

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