Remodelling to allow better accessibility can be desirable and necessary for many reasons. Owners of multi-family dwellings can increase their market share, homeowners can make life easier for a loved one, and commercial buildings can increase their value. In fact, disabled accessibility (or “handicap accessibility”), is in high demand in the Greater Toronto Area, and having a property with accessibility features is a definite plus. Most buildings, except for newly built commercial buildings, are not designed with accessibility in mind. The good news is that the renovations required to make a space more accessible can be relatively inexpensive. The trick is to choosing a contractor or renovation professional who is familiar with accessibility needs and the level of quality workmanship that is required. When improving accessibility, there is no room for error; safety of future users must be first and foremost.
Top 9 Accessibility Renovations:
- Ramp to the front door, wide enough for a wheelchair with sturdy handrails on either side.
- Door knob height changed to wheelchair-accessible height
- Installation of power-assisted doors
- Shower with a bench and grab bars, and handles or other stability features near the toilet.
- Widened doorways for wheelchair and walker accessibility
- Bevelled thresholds (to avoid tripping hazards)
- Non-slip floor surfaces
- Elevators, in the case of commercial or multi-family dwellings, or chair assists for single-family homes
- Installation of extra lighting with easy-to-reach light switches