Home remodeling for mobility: Creating an accessible oasis

Monday, March 18th, 2024

general contractor Paso Robles

-Homes are sanctuaries, reflecting the family’s lifestyles and personalities, and providing a sense of comfort and safety. But, aging or disabilities can make navigating the familiar home layout challenging, inspiring Frank Cueva, the Paso Robles general contractor from Central Pacific Construction, to delve into the questions many ask about accessible remodeling.

Thoughtful remodeling can transform a living space into a haven of accessibility, preserving independence and allowing graceful aging, safety, and comfort. Cueva explores the key modifications that enhance mobility, safety, and independence for those with physical limitations.

How do I know what kind of remodeling I need?

Start by assessing mobility, vision, or dexterity issues.

  • Is a wheelchair, walker, or cane needed to get around?
  • Are there vision limitations?
  • Are opening doors, turning faucets, or pulling out drawers difficult?

Once you understand your needs, prioritize the areas in your home that require the most significant modifications. Common areas for remodeling include:

  • Entrances—Ensure doorways are wide enough (ideally 36 inches) to accommodate wheelchairs or walkers. Consider installing ramps to replace steps. Install easy-to-grip hardware for opening and closing doors. Automatic door systems are also an option. Wider doorways benefit not just those using mobility aids but also those carrying groceries or furniture.
  • Bathrooms—Grab bars around the toilet, shower, and bathtub can provide essential support. Install a walk-in shower with a built-in seat and a hand-held showerhead.
  • Kitchens—Lower countertops and install easy-to-reach cabinets to ensure accessibility from a seated position. Consider replacing traditional knobs with lever handles for easier grasping.
  • Flooring and outside surfaces—Replace uneven surfaces with smooth, slip-resistant flooring and surfaces. If carpeting and rugs are necessary, opt for low-pile carpeting and secure rugs with double-sided tape to prevent tripping hazards.
  • Enjoying the backyard—No one wants to give up the pastimes that give so much pleasure. Making some modifications, such as installing raised garden beds, hard surface pathways, and good exterior lighting ensures outdoor activities can still be enjoyed.

Design considerations

The Paso Robles general contractor stresses quality workmanship and design. “Accessible design can be tasteful and add to the beauty of the home,” said Cueva. It’s important to consider everyone in the household and there are design details that can retain the beauty of the home and enhance accessibility at the same time. Take the time to plan the details, such as:

  • Replacing door knobs with lever handles. Replacing difficult-to-grip drawer pulls with pulls that are easier to grasp. Make the same replacements for cabinet doors.
  • Placing light switches and thermostats at a lower level that can be easily accessed from a seated position, or a bed makes it possible to easily control these essentials.
  • Open floor plans create a more spacious feel and allow for easier maneuvering within the home.
  • Choose grab bars that complement the bathroom tile or shower design.
  • Shower seats come in a variety of styles and materials. Choose a seat that complements the shower tile and fixtures.
  • Granite or quartz countertops can be cut and lowered to create accessible work surfaces without sacrificing style.
  • Allow a comfortable amount of space to transfer from a wheelchair to bathroom facilities or in and out of bed.

Central Pacific Construction has been remodeling residences and businesses to accommodate changing lifestyles since 1997. A full-service construction company, completed projects include new construction, remodeling, and repairs for a wide variety of projects for residential, commercial, industrial, restaurant, wineries, rental properties, and more.

Serving the general contractor needs of Paso Robles and nearby communities on the Central Coast, the team has a reputation for:

  • Excellent service and bold, stylish designs.
  • Strong attention to detail and a meticulous work ethic.
  • Delivering work on time and within budget.

The team takes pride in being the top residential and commercial contractor in San Luis Obispo County and in the company’s A+ Better Business Bureau rating.

Central Pacific Construction LLC
440 Via Del Salinas
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 471-4749

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