If you need to improve the accessibility of your home, then you need to know what options are open to you and how to achieve those goals. Greater accessibility ensures that those with physical handicaps in your family can easily enter and exit the home, as well as moving around within the home. For those confined to a wheelchair, accessibility is all important – what should you do to improve it?
Perhaps the first thing that will come to mind here is the use of wheelchair ramps for entering and exiting your home. Even homes built on slabs are not flush with the ground. A rise of just an inch or two can make a home difficult to enter or exit for those in wheelchairs. Therefore, using wheelchair ramps at exterior doorways is an excellent option.
However, it’s not so simple as that. You will have to determine what kind of ramp you will need. If the gap to be spanned is relatively short, then almost anything will serve, from wood to cement. However, if the gaps is larger (the doorway is high off the ground and must be reached by stairs), then you need to make other considerations. Concrete can be used here, but that can be somewhat expensive. Wood ramps are good options too, but they will need to be replaced over time.
The best option for wheelchair ramp construction is to find a general contractor with experience in creating better accessibility for homes. Such a professional will be able to help you determine if wood or cement is a better option, and then ensure that the ramp itself is of the highest quality (and the right design, as well).
Accessibility is not limited to the entrances and exits of your home, though. You will also need to consider accessibility within your home. Often, the largest consideration here is the width of your interior doorways. Wheelchairs are quite wide, and many interior doorways are simply not wide enough to allow them to fit.
Widening your doorways is important, but you will need to work with a reputable contractor here. Doorways have special construction considerations to ensure structural integrity with the wall, so it’s best to hire a contractor to do the work for you.
Improving the accessibility of your home will help improve the quality of life and convenience of anyone in your family who has difficulty getting around on their own.