Recently, we have been gearing up for some home improvement projects. While being surprisingly handicap accessible for a 100 year-old home, our old gal needs a little bit of tweaking to be ideal for Buddy B. The two top projects are: (1) Bertrand's first floor bathroom and (2) wheelchair ramps.
Bertrand has been using the potty at school every single day for over 3 weeks! This magnificent milestone has accelerated our need to remodel his first floor bathroom. And, the wheelchair ramps are simply overdue.
Now I will admit, accessible design is becoming a bit of a soapbox topic for me. Why does so much of it have to be so ugly? So institutional?! People with disabilities are just like any other human being--they can appreciate beauty. In fact, I'd say Bertrand deserves it.
For over a year now, I have been researching, examining, asking nosy questions, and thinking about accessible design non-stop. My conclusion is that beautiful accessible design is possible! BUT it takes more planning and thought than is typically given to these sorts of things.
For the bathroom, I don't believe that attractive accessible design will necessarily cost anymore than typical bathroom design. However, I am finding that attractive, durable, well-integrated wheelchair ramps may cost a pretty penny--especially with the weather conditions we have in Utah. So, out of necessity, the ramps will be coupled with a landscape overhaul.
While we are still in the planning stage, I ask you, my knowledgable and wonderful blog readers: what are your thoughts on accessible design? Are there any resources you'd recommend? Thank you. :)
PS - For the curious, here are my pinterest boards for the bathroom and the landscape/ramps.