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    I would like urls for ada compliant kitchens and bathroom designs. The house we currently own was built to be fairly accessible but we made a few mistakes such as the roll in shower being a bit cramped. Also this house was built on a concrete slab we planned on having a foundation on the next house guess I will have a ramp in the garage to access the house still thinking on the best option for the front door. Be great if anyone had videos posted so I could get some ideas on the interior design of the house. With this house my upper kitchen cabinets are wasted space no way can I reach those. I just need some ideas.

    Thanks
    A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. ~Winston Churchill

    #2
    Size?

    Originally posted by Aliya
    ... the roll in shower being a bit cramped. ...
    How cramped is "being a bit cramped." was it made?

    Kitchen cabinet manufacturers should have designs available. Contact each manufacturer as ask for the 'chair accessible kitchen layouts? Also try at Home Depot, Lowes's and such to see if their cabinet departments have designs availables? They can also draw up a design for you in minutes. The two cabinets design people I worked with were able to make 3D drawings of cabinet setups fairly quick.

    titanium4motion
    Last edited by titanium4motion; 28 May 2008, 6:23 PM.
    "We must overcome difficulties rather than being overcome by difficulties."

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      #3
      The shower is tiled the man that installed the tile floor said he would give a go at the shower but it doesn't drain well because its not that sloped I guess. This was my first roll in shower so I am not complaining been happy enough with it but since I have a second chance at one I would like more room. The current shower is wide enough for me at 4'6" but its only 36" deep basically it was all the room we could spare in the bathroom.

      I will check at lowes this weekend about cabinets.
      A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. ~Winston Churchill

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        #4
        Aliya, I just finished a house.It's zero point entry no steps with a full basement.You just have to put a ledge on the inside of the foundation so the garage floor and front stoop are level.Also they make equipment that will lower your wall cabinets down to the counters with a push of a button it's pricey but in the long run worth it.I also have a phone booth type elevator that hides in the floor that doesn't take up any real living space.


        Tom

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          #5
          I have you beat!

          Originally posted by Aliya
          ... at 4'6" but its only 36" deep ...
          Hah! I still have you beat!

          My shower floor was 32" X 60" when constructed in 1988. (Anyone any shorter?) They just took the old tub out and poured in a cement bed and tiled it. This was before the ADA when "This looks good about here." was the standard design method for accessibility.


          I just made my old roll-in shower into a shower room using the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities, ADAAG and Accessible Showers An Installation Guide by NC State University, see attached pdfs. Everything is done except the entry shower door I am waiting for. Turned out excellent!

          I have pictures of my kitchen done in 1988 which is quite accessible except for the upper cabinets' middle and tops shelves. I'll hunt them down, scan them and post them.

          titanium4motion

          credit: US Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) - ADAAG and NC State University for Accessible Bathrooms An Installation Guide dpfs.


          Last edited by titanium4motion; 28 May 2008, 8:22 PM.
          "We must overcome difficulties rather than being overcome by difficulties."

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            #6
            Well that is almost how I ended up with a roll in shower the area the tub would have been in plus the builder gave us a little extra room by making the closet shorter.

            Tom, my husband had thought of digging out for the foundation but was told by a co-worker that it would just hold water so think that made my husband leary of the idea. The building codes state the foundation be no less than three concrete blocks high which I guess is 36" high. Maybe we can talk to the person who will dig the foundation to see it could be below ground level not sure if the inspector would allow it.

            We won't start building till July or so just want to make sure things are planned out this time. Thanks for all the info and ideas keep it coming.
            A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. ~Winston Churchill

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              #7
              We in the final phases of building out our new house. We went with a cement slab on purpose, with a couple large closets and space in the garage for storage. One nice feature we added was in-floor heating through the whole house, so the floor supplies uniform radiant heat throughout.

              We do have some high cabinets that I'd have a hard time reaching but we'll put infrequently-used things up there. Everything else is accessible, even the tub! I'll post some pictures after we move in.

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                #8
                There are a lot of threads around here about kitchens and bathrooms. If you use the search option you should be able to find them. They may give you some ideas. Here are a couple I found:

                /forum/showthread.php?t=80260&highlight=show+kitchen

                http:///forum/showthread.php?t=70509...=show+bathroom
                Last edited by sjean423; 28 May 2008, 11:29 PM.
                T7-8 since Feb 2005

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                  #9
                  Talk to the inspector today and was informed if we have a foundation it has to be 32" above ground level to pass inspection. Going to talk to my husband about having another cement slab. Do many of you have houses on cement slabs? The house we are in now is seven years old we haven't had any problems but if we did have plumbing problems part of the floor would have to be torn out so I can see where foundations are nice. Its just nice not having ramps to enter my home wish I could get around it in the next house.

                  I never thought to use the search engine here not that familar with this website yet. I loved the tile in the shower from that one url. I tried doing a search for the "show me your bathroom" thread but haven't found it yet.

                  What height do most of you have for your lower kitchen cabinets? My kitchen sink has a cut out under it and is at 34" high would like the next one to be a bit lower. All my other counter tops are 36" and have a regular stove. I can reach the bottom shelf of my upper cabinets but its a stretch and I have my wheelchair adjusted so I sit high. It would be nice to have the pull down cabinets but really don't think that is something we can afford.
                  A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. ~Winston Churchill

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                    #10
                    We have a slab home. We had it custom built, finished at the beginning of 2007. Slabs are very common here in Florida. You do not have to have your water pipes in the slab; ours are located in the attic. The only pipes we have in our slab are the drain pipes, and if your builder does those right, they should last for the rest of your lives. Also there are many types of plumbing systems and materials available like the Manabloc system, and they are installed overhead in the attic too.

                    Manabloc uses PEX flexible tubing and the pressure is adjustable individually for each fixture. The water flushes through very quickly, so you don’t have to run the water as long to get the temperature you want.

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                      #11
                      If possible, walk, or roll, out basements can do the trick. We built in 1993 a single level house with basement that has ground level doors. Every entrance, garage, front door and basement doors, are basically level, just the door jam makes a bump.

                      I'm a quad, so I don't physically cook and get stuff in/out of cupboards, so no help there.
                      C2/3 quad since February 20, 1985.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Aliya

                        I never thought to use the search engine here not that familar with this website yet. I loved the tile in the shower from that one url. I tried doing a search for the "show me your bathroom" thread but haven't found it yet.
                        /forum/showthread.php?t=59550

                        (I found this one by clicking on her name, and view public profile. Then I clicked on "all threads started by ...." since I knew she started the thread.)

                        Also have you seen this thread?

                        /forum/showthread.php?t=84936&highlight=bathroom

                        ps .... be careful, once you start searching out old threads, you are lost surfing for a LONG time. LOL!


                        My counters are half at 34" and half at 36". My sink is lower and I have a drop in range that is 34". The oven is below it, like typical but some people here have side ovens.

                        (like here: /forum/showthread.php?t=82240&highlight=kitchen )

                        I can just reach the very front of the bottom shelf of my upper cabinets. We mostly keep stuff here that is either extra/backup or things I would only use if there were more people around anyway. We have a very handy corner cabinet that holds TONS! The shelves are turntables. This picture is from when it was being installed. It eventually will have doors. I like the idea of the moving upper cabinets, but they are too expensive.

                        Last edited by sjean423; 29 May 2008, 10:30 PM.
                        T7-8 since Feb 2005

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                          #13
                          sneek peek of my shower room

                          Here is a sneek peek of my new renovated roll-in shower to a shower room. I am still waiting on the entry shower door when I begin a new string with the complete shower room finished. These pictures are during the revnotion phase and more has been added since they were taken. It turned out excellent!


                          titanium4motion
                          "We must overcome difficulties rather than being overcome by difficulties."

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                            #14
                            Okay, I got lost searching here. And I found some stuff I hadn;t found before. KLD posted this link on Tips .... Accessible House

                            And this thread had a lot of information, and some more links.

                            /forum/showthread.php?t=28359&highlight=bathroom+sink+sho wer

                            And here are 2 more ....

                            http:///forum/showthread.php?t=35933...om+sink+shower

                            http:///forum/showthread.php?t=63951...om+sink+shower

                            (and the 3st post in that thread has even more links.......)

                            And I have now officially gotten myself lost here.
                            Last edited by sjean423; 29 May 2008, 10:04 PM.
                            T7-8 since Feb 2005

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                              #15
                              I have never heard of water pipes in the attic but will check it out online. I knew slabs were common in florida but just assumed the plumbing was in the slab.

                              Nice shower room titanium4motion much better than that tiny roll in shower you mentioned. I like looking at pictures it helps give me ideas.

                              Thanks for listing all the threads sjean your right I have been lost looking at old threads lol. Checked back to see if anymore response on this post and now I have pictures to look at.

                              I appreciate all the help and suggestions.
                              A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. ~Winston Churchill

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