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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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NC Wheelchair Accessible Homes | Hallway and Doorway Requirements

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 @ 08:03 AM

ADA and Wheelchair Accessibility

Accessible Hallways and Doorways

Wheelchair Accessible Homes | Hallway and Doorway Requirements

(Photo of an accessible custom home Raleigh NC - with wide archway entrances designed for wheelchairs.)

How to Make a Custom Home Accessible

We were recently asked this question:  "How can we modify our new home floor plan for wheelchair accessibility? How wide do hallways and doorways need to be for a wheelchair?"

It is important to consider wheelchair accessibility before building your new home - modifications to an existing home can be much more expensive. 

What are the Minimum Hallway and Doorway Width Requirements for a Wheelchair?

Both ADA requirements and Specially Adapted Housing Minimum Property Requirements specify:

 - Minimum hallway width of 48"

 - Minimum doorway width of 36"

 

Standard doorways in a new home are usually either 2'4", 2'6" or 2'8" wide, and according to North Carolina building code, the minimum width of a hallway is 36". 

How wide should the doorways and hallways be in your home?  Depends on what kind of access you're looking for.

Wheelchair Accessible Homes | Hallway and Doorway Requirements

 - Minimum clear width for a wheelchair is 36 inches for a hall and 32 inches for a door.

 - Minimum clear space for a T-shaped turn of 180 degrees is 36 inches in all directions.

 - The minimum passage width for one wheelchair and one ambulatory person is 48 inches.

 - Many mobility scooters are as narrow as 21". 

What are Some Additional Doorway Options?

If the home buyer simply wants wider doorways, but is not as concerned about having a 48" wide hallway, there may be some options that don't require significant structural changes.   And it's MUCH less expensive to plan for wider doorways before construction starts than to try to retrofit hallways and doorways later.

Wheelchair Accessible Homes | Hallway and Doorway Requirements

 - A 3'2" wide hallway will allow a 36" door, but there will be no room for trim.

 - A 3'8" width works well for a 36" door, and allows 2 1/4" trim, or casing, around the doorway. 

 - A 3'10" width is ideal for a 36" door, as it allows 3 1/4" casing around the doorway.

However, if someone is planning to build with a Specially Adapted Housing Grant, they are required to include 48" hallways to obtain the grant.  There also must be enough space to "allow for maneuverability through the hall and into all rooms, including bedrooms, bathrooms, and ingress/egress routes." 

How Can My Hallways Be Widened, and When is the Best Time to Plan for This?

In most cases, wider hallways means adding more square footage to the home.  At Stanton Homes, we are able to make almost all floor plan changes in-house, which can reduce the cost of making a new home wheelchair accessible. 

Or bring us any plans that you're considering, and we'll be happy to discuss what changes might be required to make your next home accessible. 

 

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.   

Wheelchair Accessible Homes | Hallway and Doorway Requirements

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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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Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 @ 14:07 PM

Home Builders for Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms

 Accessible Home Ideas for your new Raleigh Accessible Home

Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms | Accessible Home Builders Raleigh

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. 

Here's examples of these accessible home requirements: 

Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms with Wider Hallways and Doors, with Turning Radius:

Accessible baths should have room for maneuvering with a 5 Foot Minimum Diameter:

Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms | Accessible Home Builders Raleigh

Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms with Safety Features:

Non-slip flooring and special lighting. Natural light is an important consideration for aging in place and accessible baths: 

Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms | Accessible Home Builders Raleigh

Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms with Easy to Use 

Roll out or pull out shelving, easy grope door, faucet and drawers, and accessible switches are seemingly small details that can make a big difference in wheelchair accessibility of a bath:  

Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms | Accessible Home Builders Raleigh

Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms with no Step Entries, Roll-in Showers

This roll-in shower has a small ramp leading in: 

Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms | Accessible Home Builders Raleigh

Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms with ADA Roll-Under Counter Tops and Work Spaces

Knee Space Under Countertops and Reduced Height Countertops are key accessible bath features. This powder room has an accessible vanity with space for a wheelchair to roll underneath: 

Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms | Accessible Home Builders Raleigh

 

 

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Accessible Homes: Width Requirements for Hallways and Doorways

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 @ 06:01 AM

Tips for Building or Remodeling an Accessible Home

Hallway and Doorway Requirements for Accessible Homes

We were recently asked this question: "What does it take to make sure a new home plan will have wide enough hallways and doorways for a wheelchair or mobility device?"

This is a great question to ask before you even choose the floor plan for your new accessible home.

Accessible Homes Hallway Width | NC Accessible Home BuildersSome homebuyers ask this question because a family member needs wheelchair accessibility. Some are buying their retirement home and want to include some Universal Design features, like wider doorways that will be able to accomodate a scooter or wheelchair in the years ahead should it ever be needed.  And some are just looking at higher resale marketibility.   

Minimum Hallway and Doorway Width Requirements for Accessible Homes

Both ADA requirements and Specially Adapted Housing Minimum Property Requirements specify a minimum hallway width of 48", with a minimum doorway width of 36".

Standard doorways in a new home are usually either 2'4", 2'6" or 2'8" wide, and according to North Carolina building code, the minimum width of a hallway is 36".

How wide should the doorways and hallways be in your home?

The width you need depends on the kind of access you're looking for.

  • Minimum clear width for a wheelchair is 36 inches for a hall and 32 inches for a door.
  • Minimum clear space for a T-shaped turn of 180 degrees is 36 inches in all directions.
  • Minimum passage width for one wheelchair and one ambulatory person is 48 inches.

Many mobility scooters are as narrow as 21".

Other Doorway Width Options for New Homes:

If you simply want wider doorways, but are not as concerned about having a 48" wide hallway, there may be some options that don't require significant structural changes.

And it's MUCH less expensive to plan for wider doorways before construction starts than to try to retrofit hallways and doorways later.

  • A 3'2" wide hallway will allow a 36" door, but there will be no room for trim - this isn't ideal.
  • A 3'8" width works well for a 36" door, and allows 2 1/4" trim, or casing, around the doorway.
  • A 3'10" width is ideal for a 36" door, as it allows 3 1/4" casing around the doorway.

However, if you are planning to build with a Specially Adapted Housing Grant for Veterans, you are required to include 48" hallways.   Not only that, there must be enough space to "allow for maneuverability through the hall and into all rooms, including bedrooms, bathrooms, and ingress/egress routes".

Here's an example of a portion of a floor plan that does not currently meet accessible requirements, but can be adapted.

Accessible Homes Hallway Width | NC Accessible Home Builders

This hallway is currently 3'4" wide, which won't accomodate a larger door - and the powder room is too narrow for a wheelchair to enter.

How Can Hallways and Doorways Be Widened, and When Should Design Changes Be Made?

In most cases, wider hallways means adding more square footage to the home, but we are usually able to make these additions at a very minimum cost.

Here we would need to expand both the hallway and the powder room itself - which is a possibility in this case, as the upper wall is an exterior wall.

Each plan is different. The fewer changes that need to be NC Accessible Home Builders | Accessible Home Hallways and Doorsmade to the plan, the more cost effective those changes will be.

At Stanton Homes, we are able to make almost all changes using our design team, which can reduce the cost of making a new home wheelchair accessible.

Ask your builder if they can make your new home wheelchair accessible, or if changing doors to a 36" width is a possibility. Or bring us any plans that you're considering, and we'll be happy to recommend which would work best and what changes might be required.

Find Out More About Universal Design and Accessible Homes:

How to Get Started Looking for an Accessible Home

What is Universal Design, and how does it make living easier?

Laundry Rooms Designed for Easy Use

Top 10 Kitchen Tips - Universal Design

Specially Adapted Housing Grants for Veterans

 

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