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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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VA Specially Adapted Housing Approved Floor Plans

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 @ 16:10 PM

VA Specially Adapted Housing Approved Floor Plans

VA Specially Adapted Housing Builders in North Carolina

Looking for custom home floor plans that meet Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) requirements?  

Specially Adapted Housing approved floor plansThe Department of Veteran Affairs offers Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grants to veterans or servicemembers who meet qualification standards.

Home builders must follow very specific processes to meet SAH guidelines.

 - Additional inspections throughout the process

 - Submission of substantial documentation proving that the home will meet all requirements

Experts at Stanton Homes can create or customize any floor plan to meet your specially adapted needs - within the SAH guidelines. And we have the experience to make this process easy for you.

Check out some of our most recently built SAH approved homes:

Specially Adapted Housing approved floor plans This VA Specially Adapted Housing approved floor plan, a version of the Blackhawk, features: 

 - 1,793 square feet

 - 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

 - Gourmet kitchen with island, custom tile backsplash

 -TWO tile bathrooms with roll-in, fully accessible shower

 - Accessible master suite with custom tile bathroom

 - Kitchen open to great room

 - Rear screen porch

 

Click on the floor plan image to request a full flyer and cost estimate for this Specially Adapted Housing approved home plan.

Specially Adapted Housing approved floor plan with Mother-in-Law suite

Specially Adapted Housing approved floor plansThe Dugan is our most popular VA Specially Adapted Housing approved floor plan. This version of the fully accessible Dugan features:

 - 3,184 square feet

 - 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

 - Entire 2nd floor MIL Suite

 - Elevator

 - Roll-in master shower

 - Roll-under vanity

 - Huge master closet with center island cabinet designed for wheelchair maneuverability

 - Accessible kitchen with roll-under sink, lower cabinet microwave

What does the Dugan cost to build? Click on the floor plan image to find out.

One story SAH floor plan

Specially Adapted Housing approved floor plans Another favorite VA Specially Adapted Housing approved floor plan is the Ellsworth. This version features:

 - 2,904 square feet

 - 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms

 - One story living

 - Accessible Master Bath with roll-under vanity

 - Roll-in shower in Master Bath

 - Kitchen available as fully or partially accessible

 - Formal dining with butler’s pantry

 

 

 

Get full size images of this floor plan, and a complete cost estimate (no surprises - includes every detail you need to build). Click on the Ellsworth image.

Specially Adapted Custom Home Design

Specially Adapted Housing approved floor plans

 This last VA Specially Adapted Housing approved floor plan, a version of the Paige, features:

 - 2,185 square feet

 - 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms

 - Optional basement

 - Wheelchair accessible master bedroom, with roll-in tile shower, roll-under vanity

 - Large island kitchen with built-in desk

What does it cost to build a VA SAH custom home? Click on the Paige floor plan image or ask us here.

 

What are some other VA SAH floor plan requirements?

- The floor plan must be designed to be medically feasible for the veteran or servicemember to reside in the home.Specially Adapted Housing approved floor plans

- The floor plan must be adapted to the veteran or servicemember's needs.

Stanton Homes provides custom alterations and designs that adhere to these types of rigid federal regulations. And in-house design work is included, at not extra cost to our homebuyers. Read more about SAH requirements here.

 

 

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.

Find out if you qualify for the "Stanton Homes® for Heroes" custom home discount for veterans and service members.

For more information on barrier-free living through the SAH Grant Program, contact us or your VA regional office in central North Carolina.

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.

Learn how to build an accessible home floor plan here.

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Universal Design: Accessible Homes that Don't Compromise Great Looks

Posted by Penn Hull on Mon, Nov 01, 2010 @ 06:11 AM

What is Universal Design?

Universal design is all about making it easier to function in a specific area for people who are older or disabled – without foregoing normalcy, in ways that everyone can find appealing.

It’s about use of space, easy-to-operate appliances, and a look and feel that makes people comfortable. Accessibility, as well as attractiveness.

Here’s how top custom homebuilders make universal design work for you:

1.    Incorporating universal design elements into a floor plan so that the overall effect is seamless. A bedroom suite on the main floor, wider doorways and other structural allowances can be designed to add value to the home, giving it an open-space feeling that is appealing to everyone.

Universal Design Homes | Aging in Place Homes

(Downstairs guest bathroom with lots of natural light, a universal design feature.)

 

2.    Bathrooms and kitchens are designed to accommodate everyone, with ergonomic designs that are intended to reduce stress, emphasize safety and help people overcome limitations. This can include adjustments to appliances such as moving handles and knobs to the forefront where they can be used more easily, and use cupboard latches that are easily triggered.

Universal Design Homes | Aging in Place Homes

(Microwave located in the lower cabinets, with front controls for easy-use.)

3.  Glare-free lighting can be installed throughout the home, in ceiling fixtures as well as work areas that require additional illumination to ensure everyone can see clearly. Areas with controls or instructions are often fitted with extra lights, as well, so that operations are clearly visible.

Universal Design Homes | Aging in Place Homes

(Under cabinet lighting helps illuminate work areas in this wheelchair accessible kitchen.)

4.  Appliances can be fitted with conversion systems that provide additional automatic functions.  Convection ovens, front-load washers and dryers, and other every-day household equipment is structured so that settings can be predetermined, and the systems can be operated with a single touch.

5.  Homes are designed for aging-in-place, with features that prepare for eventual restructuring, such as floor layouts that have closets stacked over each other, which can later be taken out and replaced with an elevator.

Universal Design Homes | Aging in Place Homes

(Universal Design home with an elevator leading to the second story)

Today’s universal design is seen more as a way to retain value in a home throughout a lifetime. It’s functional, practical, and artistic – and it’s one of the most popular approaches for new homes where buyers intend to live long-term.

 

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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