There are many reasons why one wants to do a kitchen remodel or a kitchen renovation. It can be for looks, style, need more space for a growing family or thinking about the future use for aging in place. Regardless of the reason of why one wants to do a kitchen remodel in their home, when you automatically incorporate, Universal Design elements into your kitchen design, you are getting the best of all worlds. The essence of Universal design elements make a kitchen much more functional and user friendly for people of all ages. It also helps making the space much more user friendly for the homeowner with disabilities.
Understanding Universal Design
There are lots of ways to best describe Universal design, however, one of the best ways is that sums it up are remodeling using design elements and principles that best accommodate aging in place. There is a formal definition that is defined by the Disabilities Act 2005, which states the following about the definition for Universal Design:
“The design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used
- To the greatest possible extent
- In the most independent and natural manner possible
- In the widest possible range of situations
- Without the need for adaptation, modification, assistive devices or specialized solutions, by any person of any age or size or having particular physical, sensory, mental health or intellectual ability or disability, and
Means, in relation to electronic systems, any electronics-based process of creating products, services or systems so that they may be used by any person.”
Using innovative technologies for doors and drawers in your kitchen remodel can make the Universal Designed kitchen look and feel both modern and contemporary. The makers of Blum technology have created a fabulous clever handle-less solution known as TIP-ON. The TIP-ON product is an easy solution for having that clean look with no handles on the doors or drawers in the kitchen cabinets. This is an easy to install mechanical feature that opens a cabinet door or drawer with a simple touch. It is simple, easy and ultra contemporary.
Simple Easy To Use Universal Design Ideas for Your Kitchen Remodel
- Add Task Lighting above work stations and lighting in storage areas.
- Use full-extension shelving that slides to give better access to hard to reach storage areas.
- Use easy to access methods for handles like lever style door handles, and wide drawer pulls and touch and push latch technologies
- Using an Induction Cooktop and Burner controls in the front of the cooktop makes it easier to access and cook
- Using Drawer-style appliances and side-opening doors
- Using Roll under counters and sink area for easy access and covering exposed plumbing pipes with insulating wrap to prevent burns
- Having a minimum clearance of 32 – 48 inches between cabinets and an island for wheelchair accessibility
- Using rolling cabinets and pull down shelves for easy access to hard to access items.
- Having countertops at varying levels for easy-to-use work spaces for people of varying heights
Universal Design for Kitchens can be Modern and Contemporary
There are ways you can update your kitchen and make it look more without breaking the bank. Some of the best innovative products on the market are definitely budget friendly. You can even use some items to retrofit an existing kitchen for a partial kitchen remodel.
Remember, a kitchen remodel can be fun and exciting. You get to play the person in the reality tv show for your home. You are the star and the director. It all starts with choosing the right team for your kitchen remodel project.
Click on the articles below for more on the following:
Cooking with a physical disability – Kitchn
16 ways to make your kitchen more accessible – Easter Seals
The Accessible Home: 15 Tips for Making Your Kitchen More Accessible – Making Life Easier
How to Make a Kitchen Wheelchair Accessible – Today’s Homeowner
10 Features to Consider in an Accessible Kitchen – North Dakota Assistive Technology
Bells and Whistles: Inserts To Make Your Old Kitchen Cabinets More Efficient – A Little Design Help