Access For All

In a world of ‘cookie-cutter’ home layouts, accessibility isn’t always a priority.  Housing options, both old and new may feature the latest in style and cosmetic appeal, but they don’t always serve the needs of those with limited mobility.

Millions of people suffer from limited mobility, adults and children alike. According to the US Census Bureau, 19 percent of the U.S. population have a disability, many of whom are senior citizens.  A 2017 CDC Report rounded out the number of adults with mobility difficulty to about 38 million.  As this population continues to grow, it is becoming increasingly apparent that cookie-cutter housing options simply don’t provide the comfort and space that is both needed and desired by millions of people in today’s housing market.   

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Access Perfect Homes is uniquely qualified to work with you in finding a home that is 'adaptable' for improved access or one that has the enhancements that suit you already in place.  Allow our advanced training and experience to be of benefit to you through our initial buyer's consultation which provides us with a thorough understanding of your requirements and desires, resulting in a significant reduction in arduous viewing tours.  

What To Look For

There are many exciting and cost-effective ideas for adapting your current home or one you wish to purchase to a more accessible living space, while enhancing the home's design and unique style. There are also many features that can make a newly constructed home accessible from the start. 

Adaptable features are those that can be easily added or removed to improve the mobility needs of an individual resident. Due to their easily altered quality, adaptable features give both the owner and the tenant more flexibility to adjust a more traditional living space. A checklist of adaptable options can be found on the side panel of this tab.

Accessible features which improve the functionality of the home include entrances free of steps, wide doors, an accessible route through the house, adequate floor space for wheelchairs, lever or loop style door handles, knee spaces under sinks and counters, lower counter-top segments, grab bars in bathrooms, placement of appliance controls and wall switches in easy to reach locations, and the use of visual and audible assistive technologies.  Most “accessible” features are permanently fixed in place and very apparent.  

The accessibility needs of every Individual varies greatly. Vision impairment requires such things as specific lighting and structural enhancements, while wheelchair accessibility requires structural enhancements, many with height and width considerations. 

We will review a comprehensive list of such features with you during our consultation, and will customize our search for you based on your unique enhancement profile.

Designing For Accessibility

There are several design concepts in today’s movement for improved home accessibility.  A more in-depth discussion of each is available via their individual page on the side panel of this tab.

Universal Design

Incorporating the features necessary for people with physical limitations into the design of common products and building spaces, Universal Design results in easier and safer use for everyone.

Visitability

Designed to meet the accessibility needs of both its residents and any anticipated guests with disabilities, Visitability features allow the resident to stay in the home over time as their own accessibility needs change. 

Aging In Place

In aging, we become vulnerable to many conditions leading to decreased mobility, therefore many of these improvements are designed to help prevent falls.

Renovations

One way to head off these hefty renovation costs is to consider accessible home design during either the purchasing process or the building process if a homeowner is building a custom home from the ground up. 

The Access Perfect Homes team of trained Realtors and our professional network of Builders and General Contractors are experts in finding and creating the right accommodations for every client.

 

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