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    Last week a friend took me to an Ikea for my first time. Interesting stuff. I was wondering if they make wheelchair accessible kitchens. I can't get through their phone tree and getting them online hasn't worked either. Does anyone know? It'd mean a lot to me if I could just get under the sink to wash the dishes instead of coming in sideways and sitting on the edge. Those extending pull-down shelves are pretty neat too but that would be icing on the cake.

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    Not specifically, but you can find a shallow sink to use with their counters and just exclude some typical cabinet finishings under the sink area to create a roll-under area.

    My apartment building is full of Ikea stuff. Our kitchen cabinets and counters are from Ikea, but the sink & faucet aren't.

    In other words, it's fine to mix & match.

    Check out KraftMaid too. It's a bit pricier, but they've got some great stuff: http://www.kraftmaid.com/learn/universal-design/

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    • #3
      Wow, Kraftmaid is access porn. Drool. Having seen what's possible I really want a kitchen like that. I want a home like that. I will have to start small but thank you for giving me some great ideas.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by grommet View Post
        Wow, Kraftmaid is access porn. Drool. Having seen what's possible I really want a kitchen like that. I want a home like that. I will have to start small but thank you for giving me some great ideas.
        My wife has a bunch of ideas on Pinterest too. Check out her boards: http://pinterest.com/sarahpruett

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        • #5
          This is great, I'm looking over all the pictures and seeing some great ideas. The idea keeps goming back to me that if you're going to be disabled, it helps to be rich. It would be such a feeling of freedom to not have to fight my home everyday. I can't do one thing that doesn't require strategy and feeling pretty worn out after a while. Oh to be able to roll under a sink. :-)

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          • #6
            Remember doing significant adaptations to your kitchen/home can have a dramatic negative impact on resale value.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by grommet View Post
              This is great, I'm looking over all the pictures and seeing some great ideas. The idea keeps goming back to me that if you're going to be disabled, it helps to be rich. It would be such a feeling of freedom to not have to fight my home everyday. I can't do one thing that doesn't require strategy and feeling pretty worn out after a while. Oh to be able to roll under a sink. :-)
              Pinterest is full of high-end custom stuff, because the everyday stuff is boring, and no one shares boring stuff. Don't get caught up in the "I need to be rich" mindset. Sure, it helps, but you can still live comfortably if you're not wealthy. I do.

              You can do a roll-under inexpensively. This is basically what all the bathrooms look like in my apartment building (this one isn't mine). It's a granite countertop secured to the wall, with an Ikea leg as support on the corner. It's super functional for wheelers, though one has to be creative with storage.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Monoski View Post
                Remember doing significant adaptations to your kitchen/home can have a dramatic negative impact on resale value.
                That's a good point, not being a homeowner I hadn't thought about that. I do remember seeing a dwarf couple on tv designing their new home from the ground up and that point being made that unless they got another dwarf couple to buy, this home wasn't going to sell so they better plan on staying. I think Universal design can get you pretty far as far as wheelchair access goes though. I am trying to come up with solutions for my apartment. The landlord once said that if I paid for the work, it was okay with her. I would still get a very firm okay before I went ahead.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by -scott- View Post
                  Pinterest is full of high-end custom stuff, because the everyday stuff is boring, and no one shares boring stuff. Don't get caught up in the "I need to be rich" mindset. Sure, it helps, but you can still live comfortably if you're not wealthy. I do.

                  You can do a roll-under inexpensively. This is basically what all the bathrooms look like in my apartment building (this one isn't mine). It's a granite countertop secured to the wall, with an Ikea leg as support on the corner. It's super functional for wheelers, though one has to be creative with storage.
                  Thanks for the link to Pinterest, I hadn't seen the site before. I never thought that just wanting to get under the sink while washing dishes would be something I'd want like a kid wants a Christmas present. Staying in my chair to brush my teeth in the bathroom just seems like too much luxory to hope for but I will dream ;-)

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                  • #10
                    Also check out Houzz.com
                    "The sweet is not as sweet without the bitter"
                    ~"Vanilla Sky"~

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Lorrie View Post
                      Also check out Houzz.com
                      Thanks, that was nice. I'll keep checking them. Some people have some really nice homes.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Monoski View Post
                        Remember doing significant adaptations to your kitchen/home can have a dramatic negative impact on resale value.
                        Accesible housing can have a negative impact on the worth of your home to an AB family, but specifically marketing it to anyone who needs the adaptations will let you keep the value. Make sure a realtor puts "accessible" in the headline of the house description. A lot of people who need adaptive homes have a very hard time finding them and they usually factor the price of making adaptive changes into their purchase budget. I expect that it would take longer to sell, though.
                        Played with bombs- No SCI, Brain Damage enough that I require a chair and a caregiver.

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                        • #13
                          I have a beautiful roll under sink with storage now. We went with a custom cabinet builder because custom also meant fewer cabinets and work arounds on installation. http://www.dcinteriorsllc.com/portfolio.html The 2nd and 3rd pics in the 4th row is ours. Click on the pics for a better look but bad angle to see my roll under. The spouse's vanity around the corner has a full undersink cabinet but nothing reaches the floor so cleaning is easy too. We had these made in bamboo and it comes in several finishes. The company that made our minimalist cabinets actually does more in the heavy stuff but has real pros doing the work. http://www.platowoodwork.com/index.html

                          And even the IRS has recognized that most access renovations do not add to the value of homes on resale. When we redid our first place we kept records to the penny for resell purposes and taxes. After reading the tax code when we bought and renovated it they were needed. Now, we kept an itemized list but doubt it will be needed. Oh, our last kitchen we did up in Kitchenaid cabinets. I loved them! When we decide to redo the kitchen or guest bathroom we'll be looking at those first. An entire kitchen of Plato would break the bank.
                          Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

                          Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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                          • #14
                            Sue, thanks for the tip and the photos.

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                            • #15
                              You can find local cabinet makers that will work with you too. Something I was against and the contractor/designer talked us into was undermounting the sinks.They look great and less water rolls down my elbows. We're fans now. And those pictures were staged to use at a NARI show out here. I mean a rug in a bathroom for a wheeler? Yea, no! Same with plants. My husband kills them as a hobby.
                              Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

                              Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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