There are many reasons why you would want a kitchen with enhanced accessibility. Perhaps you or your loved ones have limited accessibility, are in a wheelchair, or perhaps you’re upgrading your home for aging-in-place. Kitchen remodeling contractors like Advantage Contracting can incorporate the following key features that improve universal kitchen accessibility.
Doorways and Walkways
A typical kitchen doorway is 32 inches wide. For improved accessibility, the kitchen doorway should be at least 36 inches. Hallways should be at least 48 inches. This can be a challenge for kitchens with limited space, as certain components like the breakfast nook or kitchen island may need to be resized. Door types are also a consideration. Instead of a full kitchen door, consider saloon-style doors or just make it an open entryway for your accessible kitchen design.
The “kitchen work triangle” is the three points of your kitchen workstation—cooktop, refrigerator and sink—that you should be able to access with minimal effort. These areas should be between four and nine feet apart without obstruction. Accessibility limitations may change the distance or placement of these points. For example, you may need more space to turn or may need to adjust your reach. Working with experienced kitchen renovation contractors like us can help incorporate these features, such as accessible kitchen islands and sinks, into the kitchen design.
You will need fixtures optimized for hands with limited accessibility. One common aging-in-place upgrade for bathrooms are fixtures with levers because they can be turned on and off using a closed hand. These features can also be incorporated in kitchen sink faucets. Additionally, you may want to choose a shallow kitchen sink for easier reach.
Storage is perhaps the biggest change that you may need to make when upgrading your kitchen for accessibility. Wall and floor cabinets may have to be lowered for easy access. Instead of simply re-hanging existing cabinets, take this as an opportunity to change the cabinet design. Consider incorporating design features such as pull-out shelves that allow easy restocking or an area where your frequently used items, such as the cutting board and cast iron pan, are within reach.
Kitchen Remodeling Contractors in NJ
Looking for kitchen remodelers who can provide a fully accessible kitchen? Give Advantage Contracting a call at (862) 292-0003 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Wyckoff, Wayne, and Kinnelon, NJ.