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Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Showers

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, May 04, 2015 @ 15:05 PM

Accessible, Universal and Ageless Homes with Wheelchair Showers:

As more families decide to build multigenerational homes - with floor plans designed to accommodate extended-stay guests - we're seeing a strong increase in requests for home plans that integrate wheelchair accessible spaces.

When balancing the needs of multiple generations, bathrooms are one of first spaces you'll want to add accessible design components to. 

Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom | Accessible Showers


Wheechair Accessible Bathroom Features:

Accessible baths come in all shapes and sizes, with a range of features designed to suite your exact needs. Some features are required, while others are optional benefits you'll want to consider when bulding a custom home. 

Take a look at the wheelchair accessible guidelines in Raleigh custom homes, and see how easily they can blend in: 

1. Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Guideline #1: 5'x5' turning radius inside the shower

A full 5x5 turning radius inside the shower enables a mobile device such as a wheelchair to turn around within the space, for ease of use. Here's an example:

Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom | Accessible Showers

In this photo, grab bars are positioned along the tile walls. A hand-held shower head supplements a rain shower head.   

2. Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Guideline #2: Attached or detached shower seat or bench

A universal design shower seat can be constructed of wood, plastic, or metal, with cushion, plastic, or wood seats.

A fold down shower seat attached to the wall of the accessible shower can come in different widths and lengths for comfort. Most seats are either 18" or 23" in width.

Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom | Accessible Showers

 

A built-in shower seat or bench (like the one pictured here) can be a great accessory even in a standard shower, particularly with aging in place (or ageless home design) in mind.

Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom | Accessible Showers

3. Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Guideline #3: Hand held shower head

A hand held shower head can be much easier to use than a standard shower head.  There are many different varieties of shower heads to match different styles and budgets. Hand held shower heads and glide bars can be found in chrome, brushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze, and other finishes.

A yoga glide bar allows the shower held to be held in place at adjustable heights. The showerhead can also be removed from the glide bar and used by hand.

Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom | Accessible Showers

This master bathroom - from a version of The Judson - a corner bench offers a planned transfer space from the wheelchair or other vehicle to a built-in shower seat.

Beyond the tile shower, you can get a glimpse of a handicap accessible bathroom vanity. To allow roll-under space, the vanity cabinets are located on the counter top, still within easy reach.

4. Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Guideline #4: Grab bars

Shower grab bars can be installed vertically or horizontally, depending on the specific needs and requirements. Often, you may see a combination of vertical and horizontal bars (horizonal along the walls, and vertical near the shower head). 

Grab bars should always support at least 250 pounds of weight.  The diameter of a grab bar should be 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches.

In order for grab bars to provide correct support, they should be installed into studs and not unsupported walls. 

If you're building a universal design or wheelchair accessible home, make sure your custom home builder provides additional blocking and framing in the shower and bath area to support any necessary grab bars.  Even if you're planning to install grab bars later, this will allow easy future installation. 

Grab bars can be white, chrome, brightly colored, or finished in alternate finishes, depending on taste and budget.

Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom | Accessible Showers

In this master bathroom - from a version of The Firebird - you'll find an example of universal design door hardware. Instead of door knobs, which require greater hand strength and the ability to grasp and twist, this closet features "sliding closet door pulls." 

Here are some examples of recently completed Raleigh custom homes with mobile device accessible bathrooms:



How To Build a Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom:

Click here for a Houzz Photo Gallery of wheelchair accessible showers

Experienced Accessible Home Builders –

Stanton Homes is an industry leading accessible, universal, certified Aging in Place and VA-approved Specially Adapted Housing custom home builder.

Whether you start with a plan that is designed for accessibility, ask us to modify or create a new plan, we can build in wider hallways and doorways, entry ways, turning radius, non-slip flooring, ramps and walkways, special lighting, roll out or pull out shelving, easy grope door, faucet and drawers, accessible switches, no step entries, roll-in showers, ADA roll-under countertops and work spaces, and whatever else you need.

Tell us what new home features you're looking for, to get started on your North Carolina custom home.


 

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SMA fundraiser | Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Aug 06, 2013 @ 10:08 AM

The Love, Hope & Strength fundraiser for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Saturday, August 10, from 7-10pm

The Love, Hope & Strength fundraiser for SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) is this Saturday, August 10, from 7-10pm at the Flanders Art Gallery (302 S. West Street, in Raleigh.)

Spinal Muscular Atrophy is the number one genetic killer of children under the age of two, and it affects hundreds of families in NC. This is the largest event in the Triangle dedicated to finding a cure. 

The silent auction at the event will be held in a setting with fine art, cocktails, live entertainment, and families who support the cause. Five-time Emmy Award winner, Debra Morgan of WRAL News, will serve as emcee for the Love, Hope & Strength Fundraiser.

You can read more about the event here: http://www.fsma.org/Fundraising/EventsCalendar/index.cfm?id=7704&eventRedirect=1&type=1154

The motor neurons affect the voluntary muscles that are used for activities such as crawling, walking, head and neck control, and swallowing. It is a relatively common "rare disorder": approximately 1 in 6000 babies born are affected, and about 1 in 40 people are genetic carriers.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) refers to a group of inherited diseases of the motor nerves that cause muscle weakness and atrophy (wasting). The motor nerves arise from the spinal cord and control the muscles that are used for activities such as breathing, crawling, walking, head and neck control, and swallowing. SMA is a rare disorder occurring in approximately 8 out of every 100,000 live births, and affecting approximately 1 out of every 6,000 to 10,000 individuals worldwide.


SMA affects muscles throughout the body. In the most common types, weakness in the legs is generally greater than in the arms. Sometimes feeding, swallowing, and respiratory function (e.g., breathing, coughing, and clearing secretions) can be affected. When the muscles used for breathing and coughing are affected and weakened, this can lead to an increased risk for pneumonia and other respiratory infections, as well as breathing difficulty during sleep. The brain’s cognitive functions and the ability to feel objects and pain are not affected. People with SMA are generally grouped into one of four types (I, II, III, IV) based on their highest level of motor function or ability. - copyright Families of SMA


Click here to learn more about Families of SMA.

Stanton Homes is a proud sponsor of the event, as one of the programs we support in conjunction with our dedication to helping families with accessible needs.  Stanton Homes is dedicated to employing the latest technologies and design expertise to help alleviate the hardships of immobility, ALS, loss of limbs, and other challenges. Click here for more information.

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Accessible Homes | Photos of Accessible Homes in Raleigh

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jan 05, 2012 @ 08:01 AM

Top 3 Most Requested Accessible Homes

Wheelchair Accessible Homes in Raleigh

Wheelchair accessible homes in Raleigh include special features from open space to wider hallways and doorways, entry ways, turning radius, non-slip flooring, ramps and walkways, special lighting, roll out or pull out shelving, easy grope door, faucet and drawers, accessible switches, no step entries, roll-in showers, and ADA roll-under countertops and work spaces. 

Here are three most requested wheelchair accessible home plans for Raleigh custom homes:

1. The Dugan - Click here for photo gallery

This version of The Dugan first floor master suite home includes accessible and custom design features like:

 First Floor Master Suite Homes

- Entire 2nd Floor Mother in Law Suite

 - Fully Accessible Floor Plan with Elevator

 - Tucked in Front Porch, rear Screen Room

 - Customized Wide-Open Spaces, Oversized Garage, Attic Storage

 

2. The Greenhaven - Click here for photo gallery

Raleigh Accessible Homes

This version of The Greenhaven mother in law sutie home includes accessible and custom design features like:

- Full Mother-in-Law Suite with living room with living room

- Walk-up 3rd Floor Office

- Formal Dining with Wainscoating

- Full-Length Front Porch Front Porch

- Extra wide Signature Arches

- Side entry garage

 

3. The Devonsboro - Click here for photo gallery

Single Story Custom HomeThis version of The Devonsboro is a Frank Betz/Stanton Homes design: 

- Covered, arched entry and backyard deck

 - First Floor Office with French Doors

 - Master Bedroom with Stepped Trey Ceiling

 - 10’ Ceilings, Barrel Vaults, Archways

 - Great Room Coffered Ceiling

 

Experienced Accessible Home Builders –

Stanton Homes is an industry leading accessible, universal, certified Aging in Place and VA-approved Specially Adapted Housing custom home builder.

Whether you start with a plan that is designed for accessibility, ask us to modify or create a new plan, we can build in wider hallways and doorways, entry ways, turning radius, non-slip flooring, ramps and walkways, special lighting, roll out or pull out shelving, easy grope door, faucet and drawers, accessible switches, no step entries, roll-in showers, ADA roll-under countertops and work spaces, and whatever else you need.  

 

 

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