Designing a home or apartment that allows everyone, not just people with disabilities, easy access and livability by incorporating accessibility features in a tasteful and almost imperceptible way into the overall design of the structure is the basis for a safe and happy home that everyone can enjoy. So whether you’re catering to a specific person’s needs, or creating more general accessibility here’s a guide to help you get started on making your property accessible and creating someone a happy home.
Start at the Front Door
Accessibility in any home starts at the front door; everyone wants to look forward to coming home at the end of a long day, and not worry about getting in his or her own front door! If you use a Portable Black Wheelchair, scooter, or walker, or have limited mobility, ramps can be a far easier option than stairs. So, try to limit stairs as much as possible and create gradually sloping walkways or ramps to allow easy access in and out of the property. When it comes to front door design, you may need to make your door welcoming, attractive, and functional. You should take into account the size, material, and color of the door that would work best for your home. It is important to invest in high-quality door parts, such as hinges, knobs, and locks, if you want your doors to be secure and easy to use. In addition, decorative lighting fixtures and a doorbell will improve the entrance’s look and feel even further.
To make life as easy as possible, it’s a good idea to install automatic versions of the basics, like motion sensor lighting and remote control heating and cooling systems. You could even consider automated door openers or a whole house intercom if the budget will stretch that far. Beware of installing gadgets just for the sake of it though – they might seem snazzy to start off, but not provide any real value down the line. This is particularly important if you’re making a property accessible to rent out, as often these gadgets cater to more specific needs and you might not know exactly what the needs of your prospective tenants are.
Make the Most of Natural Light
Bringing as much natural light into your home as possible will make it feel much fresher and airier, giving you a sense of space and balance, so make the most of existing natural light sources. If your budget will allow, you could even consider adding French doors or skylights to windowless areas. Not only will you enjoy the benefits of more light but also you may even add value to your property as an investment for the future.