ADA accessibility is an important consideration when building a custom home, especially if you plan to age in place. There are many upgrades you can make to enhance a home’s accessibility for ease of use and improved safety. Here are some ADA upgrades that are commonly implemented in our custom homes.
Ramps are perhaps the most obvious ADA upgrade, but they can be valuable even if no one in your home uses a wheelchair. Ramps are easier to navigate for those with walkers or canes. Ramps reduce the risk of tripping and falling, which could cause significant injury. As such, you should have at least one ramp leading into the home, if not at every entrance.
Outdoor spigots and faucets are often mounted near ground level. However, bending over to access a spigot to water the plants can put extra strain on your back. Some may not be able to use low faucets at all. Mounting garage spigots at chest height makes it easier to fill buckets. Raised outdoor spigots will be easier to access for hose attachments and other needs.
With elevated electrical outlets, you can place the outlets where you will need to use them, rather than close to the floor. This way, you won’t have to bend over all the time to plug in your phone charger. Higher outlets can also be used to hide power cords, like with a wall-mounted TV. You can tell your project manager specific spots where you want raised outlets so they can notify the electrician.
By accounting for ADA accessibility now, you can avoid the need for costly renovations later. Planning for ADA needs from the get-go will ensure you can continue to enjoy your home for many years to come. At Capstone Custom Homes, we are always happy to help you build your dream home. Contact us today to learn more.