Most homes require modifications for full accessibility. Wheelchair-user-friendly features include wider doors and hallways, ramped level-changes, lifts and elevators, zero-threshold entrances and curb-less showers, seated workspaces at kitchen and bathroom areas, with storage, appliances, thermostats, and electrical controls within reach. When illness or injury also result in sensory or cognitive impairments, additional upgrades are incorporated. Integrating these features seamlessly within the character of the house is a design challenge that translates to increased safety and comfort, greater independence, and improved property and re-sale values.
Architect and author Deborah Pierce specializes in renovating homes for people with disabilities. Through her book and frequent speaking engagements, Deb proves that accessible homes not only serve their inhabitants but are beautiful.