Accessible housing design accommodates everyone, including those with disabilities, including houses that are minimally accessible, houses that can easily be made accessible at a later date and houses that are completely accessible.
House Designs and Floor Plans PDF
These case studies provide details on the type of house, the profile and needs of its residents and the design features that make the house visitable, adaptable, accessible or universal.
Living Spaces PDF
Consider the principles of universal design when creating, renovating the various living spaces in your home. The resulting home will be safer and more accommodating to everyone who lives or visits there, regardless of their age or physical ability.
A universally designed bathroom takes into consideration everything from manoeuvring space and ease of cleaning, to grab bars and walk-in bathtubs and showers.
Specific design considerations relating to kitchen layout, countertops, cupboards, controls, lighting, sinks, and flooring materials can help to make your kitchen more accessible.
If you have a disability, the mere design of an appliance can make it difficult to use. Select appliances by understanding important design considerations, and the safety features of each one.
Exterior Spaces PDF
As things change and family members come and go, how you use your outdoor space will change too. Designing an adaptable and flexible exterior space by assessing the various ways in which it might be used.
Wheelchairs and other mobility devices require ramps be built in different areas of the home. Before building a ramp for your home, you will want to understand how it should be built and what materials to used.
Lifts and Residential Elevators PDF
Residential lifts and elevators can be beneficial people with mobility issues that wish to remain in their homes as they age. Find out what types of residential lifts and elevators are commonly available in Canada.
Residential Hoists and Ceiling Lifts PDF
A hoist or ceiling lift can help if you have difficulty safely moving yourself or others in and out of bed or a bathtub. There are several considerations when choosing and installing a hoist or ceiling lift in a house, condominium or apartment.
Fire Safety for you and your Home PDF
When preparing your household’s fire and emergency plan it’s important to include those with mobility or cognitive limitations. Map out safe and accessible evacuation routes which are flat, stable and have no stairs or steps.
Home Automation PDF
Home automation systems can control all elements of your home environment including: lighting, appliances, telephones, and home security and entry systems. This is beneficial to people with physical, sensory and mental disabilities allowing them to live more independently.
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