Designs That Can Withstand the Test of Time
Now that many homeowners the Upper Valley are spending almost all of their time at home, they want to improve the quality, look and feel of their kitchens, baths and other rooms in their home and many want their newly renovated spaces to allow them the opportunity to age in place with dignity and little effort. There are several key considerations when designing a new kitchen for the long-term using universal design principles. Universal design addresses the needs of anyone regardless of their age, size, ability, mobility or disability. Common features of a universally designed kitchen include:
- Pull out shelving in pantries and upper cabinets.
- Pull out drawers in lower cabinets.
- Rounded edged countertops and open shelves.
- Shallower sink depths (6 to 8 inches).
- Locate the primary sink next to or across from the cooktop
- Countertop microwaves, steam ovens and small appliances used most often.
- Standard depth appliances and cabinets.
- Multi-level countertops
- Organizational systems for cabinets and shelving
- Sufficient clearance space between cabinets, walls and appliances that can accommodate a wheel chair even if no one in your home currently requires a wheelchair.
- Touch and voice activated faucets and appliances.
- Hands-free soap dispensers.
- Placing the dishwasher close to the sink.
- Natural lighting, under and in-cabinet and drawer lights and smart light systems
- Textured flooring to reduce the possibility of slip and fall accidents
- Entryways and doors that allow easy access to wheel chairs.
What other features do you need to design a beautiful new dream kitchen that allows you and your family to age in place with dignity and ease? Give us a call at 603-448-9700 or make an appointment to visit our showroom either in person or virtually at 105 Hanover Street, Lebanon, NH.