Everyone wants to live in a beautiful home, but sadly, many people often perceive accessible facilities as clinical and uncomfortable. They do not need to be.
Thankfully, you do not need to compromise on style to enjoy a disabled friendly living space. You simply need to do your homework to find the right options for both your needs and taste. Here are the six beautiful ways to create an accessible home design.
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1. A Luxury Walk-In Bath or Shower
A bath time routine does not need to be a challenge or a chore if you have a disability. There are ways to add more support to your bathroom without having to impact on your bathroom interior design. For example, a walk-in bath or shower can help a person bathe with ease, and can also add a touch of luxury into the space. It is the perfect solution for those suffering from an injury, disability, or aging, as you can bathe for as long as you like in comfort.
2. Connect a Smart Speaker to Home Technologies
Smart speakers cannot only answer questions and play music upon request, but you can also integrate them with various technologies to improve independence and quality of life within the home. For example, a person living with a disability could command a smart speaker to turn on lighting, lock a door, lower the thermostat, open or close window shades, or set the alarm.
3. Make Stylish Adjustments to Your Kitchen
There is no reason to give up luxury and style to create a more accessible kitchen. All you need to do is make a few little tweaks and changes to its existing design. For example, you could add stylish sliding drawers into your kitchen, which will appear modern while improving access. You can also lower your kitchen worktops to simplify cooking and cleaning.
4. A Ramp That Complements Your Home’s Design
Ramps do not need to be dull and dreary. You simply need to incorporate a ramp that complements the existing design of your home. For example, you can use the same brickwork as your property, or you can install complementary decking, meaning you can move in and out of your stylish home easily.
5. Hang French Doors in Your Home
Both walkers and wheelchairs can take up much space within the home. You will, therefore, need wide doorways to accommodate them. As most property doorways are between 23 to 27 inches wide, you will need to ensure the door frame is a minimum of 32 inches. French doors might be the best option for a disabled friendly home, as they can create a beautiful interior design that will add architectural interest to your property.
6. Use Smaller Bathroom Tiles and Plenty of Grout
If you don’t want to use unsightly non-slip mats in your bathroom, you will be happy to learn there is another solution. Simply transform your bathroom with beautiful, smaller tiles that offer wider grout strips in between. The more grout in the tiles, the less slippery the surface will be. It can prevent an unwanted slip in the bathroom.
Photography by Matthew Carbone – House in the Lanes by MB Architecture