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What You Need to Know When Remodeling a Home for People with Disabilities


Remodeling a home is a stressful time. Add in specific needs and accommodations that come with disabled living, it can be difficult to discern where to begin. Maintaining a home is one of the biggest investments a person makes in their lifetime, with those living with disabilities or seniors aging naturally having those costs amplified with their specific needs.

With the right planning, there can be significant savings while still achieving a comfortable and accessible home. Nationally, disability accommodations for the home cost an average of $6,292 in remodeling. The lowest cost is reported at $200 but it can cost as much as $20,252. However, with the right home remodeler and some tips on modifications, those costs can be cut down significantly.

Planning a Remodel with Disabilities in Mind

Having the right expert can take the burden of a remodel off the homeowner and make the entire process run smoothly. Finding a Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP) that is associated with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) can help alleviate the stress and issues that come with this type of remodeling project. These professionals use the principles of universal design and can help save a notable amount of money in remodeling projects.

The principles of universal design include:

  1. Equitable use
  2. Flexibility in use
  3. Simple and intuitive use
  4. Perceptible information
  5. Tolerance for error
  6. Low physical effort
  7. Size and space for approach and use

Using these seven simply principles, an accessible home will be easy for anyone to use, whether they are elderly, very young, or have a disability. It is the most important to consider the specific needs of the individual when planning out a remodel of a home. This can range from autism spectrum disorder to dementia and other significant hurdles, both physical and mental.

At Inclinator Elevette, we believe every accommodation should be tailor-made to suit the specific needs of the individual and the layout of the home. Contact one of our customer representatives today to find out how we can help make your home accessible for everyone.