The Importance And Benefits Of Kitchen Modifications And Renovations
Meals are usually at the centre of any gathering of loved ones, not only to share food but to make new and meaningful memories. This makes the kitchen a special place in most homes.
Kitchens can also pose risks to your safety and can be the second most dangerous room in the house. You’ll need to consider how to modify your kitchen to ensure it stays safe and convenient as your needs change.
The two primary dangers within a kitchen are fires and falls. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure your kitchen remains a safe space as you age in place:
- Modifying your kitchen to have clear and distinct pathways, with plenty of space for you to move easily.
- You should also consider making the passageways wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair or walker in case your future self or partner requires one to move around.
- When renovating your kitchen also take time to consider your flooring. Shaggy carpeting or throw rugs can cause your older self to trip and fall. Instead, consider nonslip tile, vinyl, linoleum or wood flooring. If you ever need to use a walker or wheelchair, you’ll want to be able to move smoothly around your kitchen.
- Fire is also a common danger in the kitchen, an electric stove without raised hotplates will reduce the likelihood of spills or grease fires.
- Magnetic induction stovetops reduce the chance of burns because they only heat up below or next to the pot. It also cools down relatively quickly after being turned off, making your kitchen safer and reducing the likelihood of injuries.
How can ELC Home Mods help?
As Registered Builders and with over 35 years of experience in Home modifications, we understand the ins and outs of kitchen modifications for people living with a disability and accessibility requirements. Our company is licensed to undertake structural works and our accredited tradesmen are trained to undertake modifications to help you go about your daily tasks in the kitchen. We work with occupational therapists and people like you every day to plan and carry out works such as:
- Installing height adjustable or adjusting the fixed height of common fixtures in kitchens
- Installing grab rails and bannister rails
- Custom building wedge ramps and removing hazardous thresholds and other trip hazards from common areas
- Installing lever faucets that ensure you can still use your taps if you develop arthritis or have reduced hand mobility or dexterity
- Fitting pull-out cabinets can ensure you continue to reach all your kitchen essentials whether standing or sitting