Accessible Homes Inc. provides a complete and total package for your construction needs along with our sister company, Accessible Home Store that provides products and design services.
At Accessible Homes our ultimate goal is to serve you and make your experience a pleasant one. Our team will stop at nothing to ensure that you come away more than satisfied.
Commercial construction projects we have worked on include the following:
Civic (government buildings, healthcare facilities)
Corporation's (tenant improvement, office buildings)
Retail (new retail buildings, upscale food markets)
Spas and Hotels
JBER Military Base
Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward AK
Anchorage Community Health Trust Services
Providence Medical Center
Family Fun and Fitness in Wasilla AK
Rural Cap Alaska
Neighbor Works Alaska
Geneva Health Care
Snow Goose Restaurant
Numerous Large Residential Complexes and many more.
Make your home more spacious just by adding another room. Now that may seem obvious, and in fact, it is. Room additions are one of the most common types of home improvements because they provide you with the one thing that you would otherwise have to purchase a new home to get; more living space. This extra space could be necessary for a new member of the family or for a parent moving in. Whatever the reason, additions are always a good investment.
Building an extra room onto your home provides several advantages over purchasing a new home. First is the ability to remain in the same neighborhood, which is important if you have kids, since they get to stay in the same schools where all of their friends are. Another benefit includes being able to increase the value of your property, having a home that’s worth more than you owe, provides a degree of security in today’s economy. OK, now that you know why room additions are such good ideas, it is time to talk a little more about the process and where to start. You will need an experienced company like Accessible Homes Inc. that can perform the work properly at a price you can afford.
Kitchen improvements have become one of the most popular remodeling projects for homeowners throughout the nation. Since most families spend over 20 percent of their time at home in the kitchen cooking, cleaning and eating, it makes good sense why people want to make updates or upgrades. So it’s not a matter of do you want to make changes, it is how do you want it to look and function. That is a very common issue for most people. At Accessible Homes Inc., we offer various upgrades, updates and complete automated kitchen renovations. You can view more information on products at www. accessiblestore.com
Coming up with the perfect design and color scheme can make your kitchen stand out or blend in, depending on what you are looking for. This includes matching the floor to the cabinets, walls to the floor and countertops to everything. Ok, there’s more to it than that but you get the idea. Spending time at the beginning will make everything better in the end. Let’s look at some popular upgrades.
Cabinets and Countertops
Hardwood or Ceramic Tile Flooring
Wall Removal to Open up the Space
Recessed and Under Cabinet Lighting
There are obviously more things that you can do with a kitchen, but these items always seem to show up on almost everyone’s wish list. And in most cases, people would like to have all of these items done if their budget allows. This is something everyone must face but with the right remodeling company on your side, you may be surprised by how much you can have done with a reasonable budget. So make sure that when you’re ready to get started with your kitchen renovation project, you give us a call.
This may come as no surprise, but bathrooms are the most renovated rooms in any home. People are always trying to make them more private, relaxing and especially more modern. The fact that you are reading this section on bathroom remodeling means that you must be considering the idea yourself; and that’s normal. Almost every home owner wants to make some improvements in their bathroom, most just need a little help designing what they want to do and a remodeling company that can perform the transformation.
At Accessible Homes Inc. we offer various upgrade, updates and complete bathroom renovations and we can build almost anything you can dream up, your only limitation is your imagination. If you would like to view more information on products visit our store at www.accessiblestore.com.
Accomplishing a design is a lot easier than it may seem and this is where hiring our professional remodeling company starts to come into play. Our experts can give you sound advice and help you determine what works together. Another advantage of choosing our company is years of experience, we have already tried hundreds of combinations and know what works with what. That takes the guesswork out of the equation, or more importantly, if we will be able to do what you have planned or designed.
Windows are often one of the largest sources of heat loss in winter due to their low insulating ability and high air leakage rates. Windows are also generally the major source of unwanted heat gain in the summer. As a result, windows are typically net energy losers, and can be responsible for 25 to 50 percent of the energy used to heat and cool homes. However, improved windows, combined with proper consideration of their placement and other details, can result in windows that provide a net energy gain.
In addition to dollar savings, better windows can:
Inside temperature of the glass is closer to room temperature
Drafts are reduced or eliminated
Allow installation of smaller capacity heating and cooling equipment
Reduce fading of carpets and furniture fabrics
Window Replacement Factors to Consider
Selecting your replacement windows on your project will be designed to make your house a more comfortable place to live as well as making it more energy efficient. You may get the chance to change the size of your windows or change their style and what they’re made of. If you change from a wood framed to a vinyl framed window, they may be simpler to maintain.
When you replace your windows, this becomes a good time to decide which windows are best for the part of the home you are remodeling. Think about materials and shape as well as how the window is to open.
Accessible Home Modifications
Accessible Home Modifications Can Make Your Life Easier
Many of us will experience at least a temporary disability. Accidents will happen and you could find yourself using a wheelchair or walker for a period of time. As we mature and grow older, getting around our home becomes more difficult. Then we ask “How can I get up those steps or through that narrow door?” Planning for this is where we come in, our experts talk with our clients and help them anticipate future limitations and changing needs. We want to help you make access to everything in your life a little easier and more productive. We have the solutions to your home accessibility needs and the ability to make modifications to enhance and improve the safety and access in your home.
Move or Improve?
Most of us would choose to live and retire in our own home rather than move to a nursing home or assisted living center. Your home can be remodeled and modified to accommodate your needs. Your house can become more accessible with a few minor home modifications, making staying in your home for as long as you can, the best option.
Wheelchair accessible house plans:
What makes a home accessible? It’s the ability to enter and move around without any of the obstacles such as steps and narrow doorways. The stairs, bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchens should be accessible for anyone including a person in a wheelchair. Everyone’s needs are a little different, so you’ll have to make a few changes to any plan to suit your individual requirements and physical limitations.
Accessible home modifications:
The demand for accessible housing will increase in future years as the elderly become a larger share of our population. Independent living and the ability to take care of ourselves allows us to remain active and depend less on others. Making your home accessible with simple home modifications, such as swing away hinges or a stair lift, can improve your lifestyle and the ability to live at home longer.
Your bathroom can be modified or redesigned making it more accessible. Modifications to the bathroom will help avoid injury from falls and is our most requested service.
Let’s start at the bathroom door. Why do architects design, and builders insist on installing a 28″ door to the bathroom? Wheelchairs and walkers need a minimum of 32″ doorways for a straight in approach. If the doorway is located in the typical hallway and requires turning a wheelchair, you’ll need a 36″ door.
Bathtubs can be very hazardous. Sometimes climbing into the tub can be difficult. The tub area must be carefully designed to provide maximum safety. Bathtub and shower grab bars can be installed to provide support. Tub transfer seats allow people to sit in the tub and take a bath or shower without having to lower themselves to the tub floor. Many people find it difficult to use a tub. Bath tubs can be replaced with walk-in bathtubs or showers.
There’s also prefabricated molded acrylic/fiberglass shower units on the market. Some include built in shower seats. When remodeling, a 3 or 4 piece sectional unit can be used and assembled in order to get the shower through the door openings and into your bathroom.
We custom build ceramic tile roll-in showers using the same basic procedures as used for a shower with a curb. There is additional work required. The tub drain is usually the same elevation as the bathroom floor, requiring modifications to lower the drain, install a rubber shower pan and the new tile shower floor flush with the existing bathroom floor.
Prefabricated, fiberglass/acrylic roll-in shower floors can be considered. They can replace and are available in the same size as your standard 5″ tub, and comes with a front trough drain or right or left hand drain. This makes it easier since no major modification is required and only minimal drain adjustment is needed. If you have the room, these units are also available in assorted sizes.
Toilet seat height varies from one individual to another, usually between 17″ to 19″. Toilets can be replaced with special units or raised seats can be installed. Toilet grab bars can be installed for balance and support and to allow individuals to safely transfer from a wheelchair.
Sinks can be installed to allow wheel chair access. Vanity cabinets can be removed from below the sink. This will expose the plumbing pipes requiring covering with insulation or boxed in to prevent contact with sharp edges and burns by hot water pipes. Pedestal style sinks can give you a little more room to maneuver, but can be difficult to use from a wheelchair and are usually a couple of inches higher than the standard vanity top. We suggest a wall mounted sinks or custom built vanities.
Faucets can be replaced with single lever controls. Consider the use of anti-scald temperature controls that prevent the water temperature from exceeding an established limit.
Wheelchair ramp installation is also one of our most requested services. Although the ADA and Alaska Accessibility Standards do not pertain to private residential applications, we use these guidelines to build wheelchair ramps in Alaska.
Although there’s times when a wood ramp is the only alternative, we recommend aluminum or grate wheelchair ramps or concrete as the preferred material. Concrete, when installed properly will last many years, requiring no maintenance and can be finished with a rough texture. Wood requires constant maintenance and lasts only a few years when exposed to the Alaska outdoor elements.
An alternative could be the installation of an automatic door opener. Pocket doors can be an option. If there’s utilities located in the wall you can consider double wall installation or a barn style door.
Swing away offset hinge:
Additional door clearance can be economically obtained by using the swing clear, expandable door, offset door hinges, increasing the width by about 2″, and is often enough to provide the necessary minimum width for a wheelchair or walker to pass through the doorway.
We have the latest in automated kitchen cabinets which can make everything accessible for everyone in the family. It can be difficult for people in wheelchairs to use standard counters because of the cabinets below and we have the solutions. Under counter base cabinets can be removed to provide access to the sink or work area. A pull out or drop leaf shelf can be added for working space. Electronic lifts can be installed so that the upper cabinets will lower down to the counter top. Sliding shelves can be installed in lower cabinets. Electric receptacles, garbage disposal and exhaust fan switches can be moved to the front of the counter or cabinet.
We install decorative grab bars and safety rails to insure you won’t lose your balance and provide a safe, accessible surrounding. Safety bars provide stability for everyone, including the elderly and those with physical limitations. It’s the most cost effective home modification we make!
To learn more, check out designer grab bars and handrails at www.accessiblestore.com
Most walk-in closet doors are only 24″ wide. The door can be widened, shelves and rods lowered or adjustable shelving installed. Manual or automatic closet rods can be installed which you will find at www.accessiblestore.com
Do you need our help?
We offer accessible home remodeling and modifications in Anchorage and the surrounding areas. Our service begins with an evaluation of your home. Contact us today to see how our experience in accessible home modifications. We offer a wide range of accessibility and safety products for your home, including a full line of bathroom accessories, shower units, shower seats and walk in tubs, stair lifts, stair railings, automated kitchens and more. We have the accessible solutions for you at www.accessiblestore.com. We can take into consideration your current and future needs so we can make access a way of life for you!
Contact us with your wish list today.
Accessible Homes Inc. is an experienced deck builder with a General Contractors License in Alaska. We can custom design and build the deck your family has been waiting for. Residential clients in Alaska have counted on our expertise since 1992. We provide free estimates and will answer all of your questions about our process and products. Whether you need a deck rebuilt or want to design a new outdoor space for your home, look no further, we will build you an exceptional outdoor living space.