Kitchens are often the heart of a family home, used by all family members for gathering, cooking, and dining. When considering aging-in-place or those with limited mobility, a family kitchen must be easily accessible to everyone.
Upper cabinets can be lowered up to three inches from standard height, reducing the need to strain to reach higher shelves. The professionals at Portland Accessibility Remodelers can also fit upper cabinets with a pull-down or remote-control shelving. These adjustments can make accessing cabinet contents even more convenient. Lower cabinets can be converted into pull-out shelving units. Pull-out shelving units can make accessing and organizing kitchen or pantry items easy. Appliance lifts can also be installed in lower cabinets, reducing the strain of lifting heavier appliances, like mixers and slow cookers.
For a genuinely accessible kitchen, it is essential to consider the clearance between countertops and kitchen islands. According to the ADA, a clearance of at least 60 inches is necessary to accommodate wheelchairs easily in the kitchen. Our professionals at Portland Accessibility Remodelers will also consider the placement of major appliances. For maximum accessibility, having the refrigerator, the stove, and the kitchen sink close to one other makes it easier to move from one appliance to another.
At Portland Accessibility Remodelers, we can help you have a shallower sink that can make washing dishes or rinsing food easier for everyone in an accessible kitchen. Another simple but effective modification is touchless faucets which are easier to operate if you have trouble twisting a knob. Wall ovens are a safer alternative to conventional ovens, which can be installed at any suitable height in multiple locations in the kitchen. Wall ovens that are mounted at counter height can make transferring hot dishes from the oven to the countertop worry-free. We can also install microwaves below counters. If microwaves are more accessible, reaching up for hot food will be less hazardous.
Installing slip-resistant flooring with a gripping texture further prevents accidental slips and falls in the kitchen. Rugs with non-slip rug pads can provide comfort if you find it difficult to stand in one place for extended periods.
Portland Accessibility Remodelers can beautifully remodel your kitchen to be more accessible. Our kitchen remodels result in a safer and more user-friendly kitchen for everyone and a kitchen that adds beauty and value to your home.