ADA Kitchen and Bath

I did a ADA kitchen and a master bath for a family whose mother was in a wheelchair.  (ADA means that it is wheelchair accessible and has to meet certain code requirements.) She wanted as much mobility worked into the kitchen so she could still take care of the cooking while keeping the kitchen "normal" for everyone else.

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The Island

This island is full of great feature and is designed with function in mind.
FUNCTION: Pulling up to the sink is hard for a wheelchair, so we installed kick-in doors. These stay open while she is working and just a tug will allow them to easily spring back into place.
FUNCTION: Since under the sink was not an option for cleaning supplies we used a pullout spice cabinet to keep them in on the right. and an little hook for dish cloths.

FEATURE: On the left we have a double drawer dishwasher, this make doing dishes easy. 

FEATURE: This island features a regular height counter top, bar height for guest seating and table height for the wheelchair when she allows others to be in the kitchen, she can still feel part of the conversation. 

An ADA Kitchen that works for everyone. 
Reworking the floor plan not only opened up the room but allowed us to create a better workflow. 


We worked very carefully and came up with smart solutions and workflow for her. 
FUNCTION: Starting at the refrigerator, she can pull out everything she needs and set it to the left.  There she has a small bar sink and an under counter pull-out cutting board for prep work. She shifts to the left again to cook at the stove.  After cooking, a quick swivel and she can place the dishes on the island for washing.
FEATURE: We placed a drawer microwave under the cook-top so she could access the microwave easily.
The double oven is in a full-size cabinet out of the traffic area.

FEATURE: One of the requests she had was to have a coffee station that was not within the kitchen triangle, so we put it to the right of the refrigerator to make it easy for everyone to get beverages.

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This bathroom was a pleasure to work on, She didn't want it to look like a special needs bathroom. She wanted something pretty, modern but feminine in spite of its special requirements.  

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FUNCTION: The first thing we did was install a pocket door, she said it is a lot easier to maneuver than a swing door. "Especially when you have to pee."
FUNCTION: She also needed discreet storage next to the toilet. Normally you would have a cabinet under the sink but she needed to be able to drive up to the sink, so we had a triangle storage cabinet made to fit into that spot, its perfect because it has functions for both sides. One side has closed and open storage, the other side has a hook for a hand towel.

FEATURE: The bathroom was enlarged and a custom shower installed to accommodate showering for a special needs person. She also needed a way to bathe her large service dog. This is one reason we installed a hand held shower head at 30" near the benches. 
A glass shower wall and door modernizes the look. 
FEATURE: Teak was used in this shower to add a warm seat compared with tile. It is also a functional material to use on the floorboards since teak can handle the water. It provides a flush entry that makes it easier to get into since there is no step and the slats allowed water to drain underneath.

FEATURE: We were able to give her a drive-up vanity for putting on make-up and some storage for a bit of clothing. This allows her to get ready all in one place.

FEATURE: We were able to give her a drive-up vanity for putting on make-up and some storage for a bit of clothing. This allows her to get ready all in one place.

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This bathroom features a lot to like and is ADA accessible. 
- Regular shower head and hand held, with grab bars.
- Storage by the toilet without taking up too much footprint.
- Drive-up sink and vanity.
- Storage for some clothes and linens so getting dressed can be done all in one place.
- A full wall mirror on the back wall.

There is also a french door,  This allows a lot of natural light to flood the space, and it leads to a small private sitting area, perfect for morning coffee.