Accessibility Recommendations When Building

This is the basic list I started with for our remodel.  I copied and pasted it from a website, but didn’t record the internet address so cannot reference it.  It’s a good starting point for any project.


Wide hallways

Wide doorways with lever handles

High and elongated toilets

Enough room in bathroom to maneuver wheelchair to toilet

At least one no stair entry or entry that can be ramped easily (estimate 1 foot of ramp length for each stair inch of height)

Cabinets in kitchen that can be easily altered (sink and stove access)

Kitchen prep area lower than countertop – can be as simple as pull-out cutting board.

Some closet rods reachable from a seated position.

More than enough outlets and phone jacks – at least some placed higher than normal.

Dimmer switches.

Windows that can be opened easily and from a seated position

About Climbing Downhill

Wife and mother of grown kids, in my 60's and dealing with MS, making life's moments count and trying to offer something of value to others along the way.
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3 Responses to Accessibility Recommendations When Building

  1. myronshenk says:

    Really great insight! This is practical, useful information for anyone in the construction/design industry as well as those who are learning to live with limited mobility. Thank you for sharing! Best wishes!

  2. Such important information…. And hard to even come up with unless you’ve been there!

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