Additions and Accessible Modifications – Make Your Home Bigger & Better & Stay In It Longer
Our design and construction team can quickly build a room addition that expands your existing house into your “dream home” … at a cost that won’t give you nightmares.
- Adding an extra bedroom or guestroom.
- Building a spacious family room for entertaining.
- Four-season rooms loaded with windows designed to bring the beauty of the outdoors into your home
- Screened-in porches for bug-free outdoor dining.
- Luxurious bathrooms with double-size showers and separate whirlpool tubs.
- Restaurant-quality kitchens with gorgeous cabinets and spacious islands.
- Age-In Place or Accessible Modifictions
Additions — Types
- Kitchens & Dining Spaces
- Living & Family Rooms
- Entryway Options
- 2nd Story Additions
- In-law Suites
- Garage Additions
- 3 Season Porches
- 4 Season Rooms
- Screen Porches
- Lower Level
If you're over the age of 45, you want to continue living in a familiar environment throughout your maturing years with Accessible Design (also known as Certified Aging in Place [CAPS] or Universal Design).
CAPS is the concept of using accessibility products and planned environments designed for use by all - regardless of age or condition.
It doesn't matter if you are young or old, short or tall, healthy or ill. You might have a disability or you may be a skilled athlete. Universal design works for everyone and people who are very different can all enjoy the same home. That home will be there for all its inhabitants even when their needs change.
Put another way, Aging in Place is the ability to live in one's home - wherever that might be - for as long as confidently and comfortably possible.
We are using the term "aging in place" in reference to living where you have lived for many years, or to living in a non-healthcare environment, and using products, services and conveniences to enable you to not have to move as circumstances change.
Aging in Place Design
To help you understand Accessible Design / Certified Aging in Place a bit more, below we have listed many of the common updates we complete for Metro Philadelphia Area homeowners to make their homes livable.
Updates to Consider:
- Lever handles
- Swing clear hinges on all doors, which widen doorways up to 2"
- Dead bolt locks which can be turned by people with grasping difficulty
- Shelf beside entrance to place things while opening the door
- Rocker switches on all lights
- Electric switches max 36" from floor
- Thermostat easily accessible on each floor, no higher than 40"
- Sink counter: master sink controls offset 45 degree angle on the side of sink, single lever controls
- Tilt mirror 30-31", accessible medicine cabinets with small shelf below for placement of items
- Shower grab bars: wrap around inside shower. Shower curtain, not door. Hand shower extra long hose 80" with diverter on the handle, and with offset single lever control. Separate wall mounted shower head
- Shower chair would be best with arm rests for lateral support
- Toilet long lever handle
- Fold down grab bar on the side of toilet seat
- At toilet: Install a shelf built into wall between studs and extending out, for hygiene supplies, considered 3/4" edge on front to keep things from sliding off. Approx. 32" height.
- Grab bars to serve as towel bars, textured, non-slip.
- Counter height 32-34"
- Sink with open below access, long hand-held faucet to reach and fill pot on counter or stove top
- Cabinets: pull-out shelves inside; drawers are good, but best with easy glide hardware. Lazy Susan in cabinets; pull-out cutting board or work surface, for where counter height is higher
- Microwave at counter height
- Hood controls at front of counter
- Range controls at front
Closet / Laundry Room
- Adjustable rods 48-60" or lower. 36" space between shallow rods and shelves for wheelchair access
- Open vertical shelving with pull-out 1/2 shelves (easy to see into and gain access to contents)
- Floors: Hardwood floors NOT high gloss, which makes it too slippery, but rather matte finish. Carpet low-pile and dense
- Ability to easily open and close blinds/drapes
- Increased incandescent lighting and specific task lighting
- Easy garage or parking access
- At least one entry is without steps
- Electrical outlets at 18 inches instead of 12
- Easy to open or lock patio doors and screens
- Lower window sills especially for windows on the street
- Programmable thermostats for heating and cooling
- Non-glare glass on art work
- Peep hole at a low height
- Incorporation of emergency response system installed or wearable
Contact us for a consultation today. Call (800) 353-1620 or e-mail us and let us know your ideas for the addition project. We’re happy to help! We’ve built home and building additions in the greater Philadelphia, Moorestown, Cherry Hill, Princeton, Main Line, Doylestown and Morrisville areas for 20 years!