Whether you’re planning an on-site construction or purchasing a factory-built home, it’s essential to be up front about your needs regarding accessibility. If a family member requires walking aids or a wheelchair, your contractor can ensure that there’s a higher level of accessibility in your home in several ways.
First things first; make sure that the two-storey house building (known as สร้างบ้านสองชั้น in Thai) has wider doorways and hallways. Many walkers and wheelchairs can be tough to manoeuvre through small spaces. If anyone in your family depends on a walking aid, bring it up with your building company and they will offer construction designs and decor with improved accessibility.
For two-storey homes, it’s essential to have a spacious bedroom on the ground floor. It’s easier to access, and more space means better manoeuvring. Additionally, if there’s an emergency such as a fire breakout, you can get the wheelchair to safety more quickly.
If your contractor offers exterior expansion, you can install ramps during or after your home construction project finishes. Ramps in places such as the garage and basement are helpful. Most ramps are built following a code, so only permitted builders can install them.
Grab bars should be placed in at least one bathroom to resolve mobility issues. Having a toilet with a riser is also great.
Sturdy and tight railings following the stairs are necessary, especially if you plan to install a stairlift later.
Bathtubs have high sides, so people with mobility issues may find it tough to get in. Picking a step-in shower interior design for bathrooms is better. You can also place a shower bench for support.
It’s essential to have an anti-slip material such as rubber added to the stairs during construction, so there’s less chance of accident or injury. Not only do anti-slip stairs increase accessibility, but they make homes safer for kids as well.
Picking an interior for your kitchen can be tricky, so for better accessibility, focus on having all the appliances near the sink. Drawers and cabinets should be easy to open. Lower cabinets should be arranged according to convenience.
Door Locks and Handles
People with arthritis and other conditions can have trouble using doors with turning door knobs. You can ask your builder for doors with lever handles. Look for easy safety locks for doors and windows. Installing sliding doors where possible is also helpful.
Better Furniture Placement
This is something you’ll have to focus on when planning your living space and placing furniture. Ideally, you should leave nearly a metre of space between adjacent furniture for more accessibility.