Designing for those with a disability
Stevette Dukes
April 7, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I will be building or renovating a home soon. I need design ideas as I have a daughter in a wheel chair. I want our new home to look posh, modern but most of all lived in and wheel chair friendly. How do I add all of elements into our soon to be new space?
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There are many universal design ideabooks on Houzz, here's one of them:
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try searching for "accessible home design" online.
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Stevette Dukes
Thank you both for your comments. I will be checking into both of those ideas!
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Look at the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) site. It will give you specific measurements for turning radius, angle of ramps, height of light switches and electrical outlets, bathroom bars, everything.

You might also be interested to know about this company, that specializes in Universal Design:
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Greetings once again, Stevette.

I have been interested in Universal Design for some time, now. I have collected some of the ideas that I have posted and that others have posted on Design Dilemmas such as yours.

Please take from this whatever is helpful. Best wishes.

1.) Go to Houzz Ideabooks and enter "Universal Design" in the search box.
2.) Go to
3.) Go to Houzz Design Dilemma and enter "handicapped" in the search box

Universal Design
2.) specializes in Universal Design

Handicap Access
1.) The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) site has specific measurements for wheelchair turning radius, placement of grab bars, everything.

2.) ADA Ramps : ADA Code 4.8
[Thanks to Houzz contributor S. Thomas Kutch for finding this.]

1.) For decorative grab bars that do not look institutional, look at
[Thanks to Houzz contributor Sense of Space for link]

2.) For accessibility products for bathrooms, go to
[Thanks to Houzz contributor Megan McDevitt for link]

3.) Commercial Bathroom Handicap Guidelines ixzz2Og8QNIff

4.) Here are some Houzz Ideabooks about Universal Design in bathrooms:
741559 The No-Threshold Shower: Accessibility with Style
1562246 Houzzers Say: Dream Features for the Bath and Closet
1061289 Bathroom Safety Features that Support Your Style
2504909 Doorless Showers Open a World of Possibilities
4492518 How to Design and Accessible Shower
2507115 Houzz Tour: Universal Design in a San Francisco Home
5008400 Make a Powder Room Accessible with Universal Design

1.) America's National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA)
2.) for Guidelines for rules for accessibility in kitchens and baths
3.) National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Enter "Universal Design" in the search box.
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