- Legal Eagle Contractors offers a variety of features and modifications designed to meet your special needs.
- Incorporating elements of universal design into your residential remodel is an excellent way to improve the livability and comfort of your home.
- Universal design features and products make a home safer and more accessible for a wide range of people.
- The ability to age in place is enhanced in a home with universal design modifications.
- Universal design ensures you can continue to live in your home comfortably for years to come, even if you have a medical condition or are in your golden years.
- Our team of builders and designers are ready to help you choose the features that best fit your situation.
Many of your fondest memories start at home, and having a comfortable and safe place to live is important. At Legal Eagle Contractors, our experience with accessible and universal design projects is quite large. As a trusted remodeling firm, we enjoy helping our clients create spaces that accommodate their unique needs and provide the ability to live comfortably for decades instead of years.
Our knowledgeable and experienced team wants to help you transform your kitchen or bathroom into a space that meets the unique needs of your family. This includes elements like walk-in showers or bathtubs, specialty cabinetry for ease of access, and much more. We can even work with you on a new build or full remodel that makes your entire home ideal for disability access or aging in place.
See Some Universal Design Features We’ve Installed
Who Benefits from Universal Design?
Universal design is about creating spaces of comfort for everyone, regardless of age or physical ability. Prime examples of families that should consider elements of universal design include those with young children, older adults who want to stay in their homes as they grow older, and people who are taller or shorter than average height. Universal design is also great for those who simply want a more comfortable and relaxing place to live.
We also consider accessibility issues such as limited mobility or dexterity and those with a temporary or permanent disability when assisting with a remodel project. In addition, universal design features are very important for those who have temporary health conditions that will eventually improve with time, such as sports injuries, medical operations, pregnancy, and other health conditions.
For homeowners looking to sell their property after the remodel process, adding universal design features is also highly beneficial. Those who have a special need when it comes to housing often look specifically for properties that include universal design. This opens up the market to potential buyers and provides an excellent foundation for getting your full asking price.
Example Universal Design Features
The realm of what constitutes as universal design is actually quite expansive. Just about anything that allows equal access to comfort features in the home could be considered beneficial. However, there are certain elements that make a home much more universally safe and comfortable. These are a few of the most common requests our Legal Eagle team receives.
Raised base cabinets make it easier to grab essentials without bending over or having to get a step stool. Stepless entryways and doors between rooms allow ease of access for wheelchairs and reduce a tripping hazard. Showers and bathtubs with non-slip surfaces increase safety and prevent injury. Replacing carpeting or soft flooring with harder materials provide an easier motion for wheelchairs and walkers. Wide doorways help accommodate wheelchairs and make it easier to move specialty medical equipment or furniture between rooms.
But not all universal design ideas are about physical limitations. Some are actually best for ease of convenience. Better indoor lighting helps reduce optical strain. And lever door handles and rocker switches make maneuvering between rooms easier when you have your hands full.
See a comprehensive list of universal design features we can potentially add to your home.
“ADA Remodeling” For Homes
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines the requirements for accessibility in public buildings, multi-family buildings, commercial facilities, and government buildings. Nevertheless, you may hear homeowners or even contractors talk about “ADA remodeling your bathroom” or something similar in single-family homes.
What they’re talking about is simply universal design. The ADA doesn’t apply to single-family homes, but many of the same people who depend on the protections the Act provides may also require special accommodations at home: the grab bars, the lower sinks, the wheelchair ramps, etc. And these are exactly the features Legal Eagle Contractors is adept at installing.
So, do we do “ADA remodeling?” If you mean making universal design updates that make your home safer and more livable for years to come, then the answer is an emphatic, yes!