Custom Kitchen Remodel And Cabinets For Handicap Access

This was a project to design and remodel an entire Kitchen from doorways to cabinets to allow wheelchair access for the customer.

The home was built in the 1920s and had been remodeled somewhere in the early 1960s after the customers parents purchased the home. The remodel would be to resurface the walls and ceiling and to add custom cabinets that fit the customer's physical limitations. The cabinets were all purchased as a custom order through KraftMaid to the customer's specification for style and color and allow retention of some of the 1920's styling. A few architectural trim pieces from over the sink were repurposed to retain some of the original feel. Several of the cabinets were modified by me to suit the special functions they would serve.

The key element of this project was to design and construct a kitchen that had as many cabinets and storage spaces as we could squeeze in while allowing for powered wheelchair maneuvering (25). There was a need for several pull down storage units to allow the customer access to the second shelf. The microwave unit was also installed in customized cabinet space to allow the customer access and new Corian counter space near the double sink for preparation. There are too many custom elements to list here, but one key one was to build a cabinet to allow the customer to retain her bread makers (4 units) and have them packaged away when not in use. The pictures show how this was accomplished. This project also involved moving and installing electrical outlets and under cabinet lighting. One final touch was to install rope lighting on the top of the cabinets to illuminate the customer's decorative glassware.

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