Features of a Custom Special Needs Bathroom

If you or someone who lives with you is disabled, having every part of the home accessible is important. This can include having a bathroom with special features to accommodate the disability. Because for a person who’s disabled, trying to use a standard bathroom can be extremely frustrating, not to mention challenging. Now when custom designing a special needs bathroom it needs to be not only functional, but comfortable and relaxing too. So what kind of special features are needed? Well, below is a list of thoughts for features in a custom designed special needs bathroom.

  • Modern technology is very helpful. So digital facets can be installed which have motion sensors so that stretching and reaching for the water taps and showerheads isn’t necessary. Also, water which is remote controlled as well as the water pressure too is even more handy. There are even remote controls for turning off and on lights and opening and shutting doors.
  • Walk-in showers can be both elegant and functional. There are also walk-in showers at floor level so that a wheelchair can ride into them. Wheelchairs can be made water resistant too so it’s easier entering and exiting showers. Also, having a sliding door installed that’s not as difficult to open and close can be done.
  • Custom toilets can be ordered for more comfortability at specific heights. Now to help with getting onto the seat, find out what the comfort zone is for the person and then get the measurements. It will be customized for the person and can even include safety bars to help with getting up and down.
  • Sinks can be designed so that a wheelchair will fit comfortably under them so that a disabled person can reach the sink to wash face and hands. Brushing teeth is also made easier with a custom designed sink. Additionally, custom build cabinets can be made so that the person can reach towels and other personal need items.

A bathroom for a disabled person can be functional, elegant and relaxing too.

How to Hide a Mess in a Play Room

Toys have a habit of exploding all over a home and hiding in corners. Sometimes an unsuspecting foot comes down on one, and it can badly hurt a person’s foot (Lego’s are known for this). Now one option to help prevent this kind of scene is to have a custom designed playroom.

So with a playroom that’s organized, everything has a place. Kids can learn to put the toys in custom designed cabinets too in containers and tidy up at the end of playtime. Having a separate play area catchall and playroom is also easier on parents since the majority of the toys are confined to one place and not all over the home. This way custom cabinets, drawers and shelves can be designated for toys, books, puzzles and games. Clean up will be simpler, and the kids will learn responsibility in cleaning up after themselves too; especially if the cabinets are in the playroom. Also, it’s makes it easier for the kids to find the toys that they’re looking for. But what if you don’t have an extra space to make into a playroom?

If you don’t have room for this kind of separate play area, you can keep toys under control too in whatever room or rooms the kids play in because bins and toy boxes are great for hiding messes in a hurry. A closet or empty cabinet would be perfect for storage as well as a custom made window seat with a storage space inside. Baskets are great for a quick pick-up and toss-in additionally.

Now if young children are having trouble remembering what goes where; pictures of general items could be taped to the places where the specific items need to be stored. Let the kids have input also on where they want to place they’re toys to be stored if practical. This will help them to remember where the toys go.

Keeping the area tidy of toys when playtime is over is easier done with organization.

Custom Built Kitchen for Special Dietary Needs

Sometimes a kitchen needs to be custom designed for special dietary needs. Now two types of diets which would need a special kitchen as examples would be would be kosher and gluten-free. This is because in a kosher kitchen, meat and dairy have to be completely kept separate. As far as a gluten-free kitchen, you can’t have any foods which contain gluten in contact with gluten-free utensils, preparation or cooking areas. So below is a description about what each kitchen needs to become either kosher or gluten-free.

For a kosher kitchen

Although having two sinks, two stoves and two different working areas is ideal, it’s really a personal choice. However; custom built cabinets designed to keep two sets of dishes, silverware, pots, bread trays, serving dishes and salt shakers will be needed. Also separate custom drawers will be needed for kitchen utensils and dish towels, etc.

When designing a kosher kitchen, everything must be designed with the thought in mind that meat and dairy can’t touch down to even fragments of the foods, and dishes or utensils cannot be reused; even after being washed, for foods other than that which they were designated for. So there will probably be a need for new countertops, possibly separate sinks and maybe a two-sided refrigerator. So talk to your contractor about the special needs of your kitchen.

For a Gluten-free kitchen

For a gluten-free kitchen, separation of foods that contain gluten from foods that do is a necessity. So having custom made kitchen cabinets to keep foods separate is one way to keep accomplish this. Also, keeping all the utensils for gluten-free preparation in a different drawer just for that purpose is important to avoid cross contamination.

In addition, it’s important to keep have two separate toasters and have separate condiments jars which are labeled gluten-free. Squeeze containers are really an excellent idea too since nothing can be entered into them from the top. Another thing to remember is to prepare gluten-free foods first when preparing meals. Too, thoroughly clean all counters before preparing a gluten-free food so that there is no casual use of an item from that day’s previous food preparation.

Having separate preparation areas for special dietary needs isn’t impossible; it just takes some custom planning.