SAFETY AND ACCESSIBILITYIN KITCHEN REMODELING
- April 17, 2017
If you the plan is to remain in your home for the rest of your life, then every room needs to be safe and accessible. As we age, our mobility diminishes and some of the features of modern homes can be hazardous. This is because they increase the strain on our aging bodies as well as increasing the chances of falls and slips. The kitchen is one of the areas that we need to ensure that is accessible for years to come. Bullrun Kitchen and Bath has a few tips on how to include aging considerations as you remodel your kitchen.
- Redesign the sharp edges
As mentioned above, getting old means moving around becomes much harder. This means that you may be unable to avoid 90-degree angles on open shelves, tables, and countertops. The best way to avoid injuries owing to these sharp corners is to ask the contractors to edge these rounds.
- Install a shallow sink and keep it close to the cooker
In addition to rounding the edges, you should also instruct the contractor to install a shallow sink. He should place his shallow sink near the stove. It will be less straining on your body to wash dishes and vegetables in a shallow sink.
Furthermore, the logic behind placing the sink next to the cooker/stove is to ensure that you do not injure yourself. You can injure yourself by carrying heavy pots filled with water to and from the stove. However, ensure that there is some space between the sink and the cooktop for the workspace. You can always place a heavy pot on this workspace when carrying it becomes overwhelming.
- Install slip-resistant floors
Other than the shallow sink and the rounded edges, you need to ensure that you have a slip-resistant floor. The best slip-resistant flooring material is porcelain. This is because it hardly absorbs any moisture. Moreover, it is easy to clean and maintain, which is a significant plus as you age.