Handicap Disability Home Renovation Blog

Get A Handicap Bathroom Remodel with a Wheelchair Accessible ShowerAccessible Solutions specializes in designing and building the perfect handicap bathroom for every customer, regardless of their ability level. Our handicap bathroom design will usually contain barrier-free showers, which are handicap walk-in showers, or optionally accessible tubs. A wheelchair-accessible bathtub has a door that opens inward, allowing you to transfer from your wheelchair to the seat in the tub, and back again. Our walk-in or roll-in showers are wheelchair reachable showers — there's no barrier, which allows you to easily enter the shower from your wheelchair. Our showers are built by Bestbath — they're made in America, and like the name, they're the best showers available for wheelchair users.

A handicap accessible bathroom needs to have a minimum of 30” inches by 48” inches of clear floor space if you don’t have room for the ideal 60” clear turning radius. That will allow mobility devices in front of each plumbing fixture, in addition to leaving room for the user to turn around in a wheelchair. If you're a wheelchair user, your doorway will need to be widened to a minimum of 32” up to 36” inches wide for it to be a wheelchair accessible bathroom. The best height for the sink for seated occupants should be 34 inches to the top of the sink. Our handicap bathroom designs are the best in the industry — we know all the ADA requirements to make your lavatory handicap usable. You'll enjoy your new shower, or your new walk-in tub so much, that you'll probably spend more than 15 minutes relaxing in it.

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  • Lavender & Eucalyptus
  • Bergamot, Lemongrass & Grapefruit
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  • Lemon, Bergamot & Lemongrass
  • Cedarwood & Orange
  • Lavender & Orange

These combinations of essential oils are good not just for relaxation, but also for removing smells. With these powerful smelling oils, your lavatory will turn into a room you enjoy being in, and not just because of our design skills. You can purchase these oils from Young Living, or on Amazon.

Get A Handicap Bathroom Remodel with a Wheelchair Accessible ShowerWe have a wide variety of accessibility solutions that can be incorporated into your handicap accessible shower, such as foldable seats and grab bars, as well as shelves to store soap and shampoo. A barrier-free shower pan or barrier-free shower base collects the water so it can drain out and not end up on the bathroom floor. A curbed shower pan has a threshold that keeps the water inside the pan, and they come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, with different options for the drain location.

Our team is experts at home remodeling for the disabled, and we can develop a wheelchair accessible bathroom design that fits your specific needs. We know about all the necessary bathroom modifications for physically challenged people since we have been in this business since 1978. Our business employs the leading handicap remodeling contractors in Massachusetts — also serving southern ME and NH. We serve the handicap community with pleasure, and we know you'll love doing business with us!

Our company offers a list of financial resources, that for most people, cover all the costs of the handicap accessible bathroom remodel, and can also cover the cost of other disability renovations such as wheelchair ramps, ADA kitchen renovations, and other accessible home modifications. You can get the ADA bathroom with shower that you’ve dreamed of for as little as $0 down, based on your income and other qualifying factors! We offer portable wheelchair ramps, which are foldable wheelchair ramps that can fit in a mid-sized SUV or truck.

Contact us now to learn more about our handicap accessible bathroom designs, and we’ll customize one for you right away! We’re the leading handicap remodeling contractors in New England specializing in wheelchair accessible bathroom design. If there’s a way to make your home more accessible for you and your family — we’ll find it! Your handicap bathroom is just one call, email, or chat away from becoming a reality!

Portable Wheelchair Ramps #2We sell and install portable wheelchair ramps, including ADA certified custom-built modular aluminum units that attach together piece by piece, portable aluminum units that fold up into a suitcase for getting a scooter or wheelchair into and out of your vehicle, as well as rubber wheelchair ramps to get you over small humps in doorways and before landing platforms. These systems are a more permanent solution for anyone with limited mobility, whether you use a cane, walker, wheelchair, or scooter. They provide greater safety and freedom when constructed properly, and they permit the user safe and easy passage into and out of the building.

Our experts will carefully consider the unique characteristics of your home and vehicle, the assistive device that will be used, and whether the user will need assistance. We’ll identify the best type of ramp for you, so that it's protected from the weather, so that it maintains your privacy, and so that it provides a convenient entry into your home or vehicle. We will make sure the ramp is the safest and easiest to navigate out of all the possible combinations. Accessible Solutions doesn't use a cookie-cutter approach to selling and installing these platforms like our competitors do — each ramp is designed specifically for that customer's home and vehicle, and we take pleasure in providing top quality service to our customers.

In many cases, lack of safe egress poses not only immobility, but also a severe safety hazard — especially in case of fire, if the disabled individual does not have safe egress. If the inclination is not constructed properly, it quickly turns from being a safety feature into one that is hazardous and not easy to use. For this reason, ramps with the purpose of getting into your home are designed and constructed at the ADA's recommended 1:12 pitch. This means that for every one inch of elevation, there is one foot of ramp so that in case the user does not have a power wheelchair, they can still have safe and easy access into the home. A less steep rise can be easier for a wheelchair user to navigate and is much safer in icy climates.

These aluminum ramps can be removed later on and are custom-built to the specifications of each customer's home, so they don't require drastically modifying the home for installation. They are made from durable, non-corrosive aluminum that won't rust, and usually incorporate a continuous intermediate handrail installed at 19" above the deck as/if needed— designed specifically for the safety and convenience of the user.

Portable Wheelchair Ramps #1Folding and portable aluminum ramps have a low profile and can support up to eight-hundred pounds at a time. Multi-fold units such as the tri-fold model make using a mobility product easy in a variety of places at home and outdoors, including over entrances and small staircases. An eight-foot unit can fold down to four feet and fit into the trunk of your vehicle, so you can take it anywhere for travel. Single-fold units offer a reliable solution for transitioning other obstacles, including curbs and thresholds.

Our EZEdge™ portable rubber ramps offer the ease of entering your home or navigating interior thresholds without having to rebuild the slope of your entryways. These 100% recycled rubber ramps allow you to effortlessly transition from one height to another. Rubber threshold ramps provide a safe, durable means of navigating small steps, doorway thresholds, and other uneven household surfaces. A hidden dovetail allows for easy installation and incremental platform height adjustment of up to six inches with a locking lip system. Their modular design makes rubber threshold risers a practical and affordable home accessibility solution. EZEdge™ units come with a 10-year guarantee and have no weight limitations, ensuring durable and maintenance free use.

Accessible Solutions is a full-service accessibility company that has served Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire, and Southern Maine since 1978. We value the highest possible level of customer service and quality of accessibility solutions above all else — something our competitors would waver on just to make a quick buck. We're committed to your mobility, regardless of your financial situation, which is why we help every one of our customers find the best financing option — even for people that don't have much income. In Massachusetts, for an example, you can finance up to $50,000 of upgrades and renovations for accessibility, including ramps, with a 0% APR loan that doesn't have to be paid back unless you sell your home. This is just one of dozens of financing options available to you — and we'll figure out which is best for you!

Contact us today to learn more about all of our portable wheelchair ramps, as we have many models that aren't listed in this article. You can also visit the following web pages for more information:

Designing The Best Handicap Building Renovation #1

Accessible Solutions uses the industry's latest state-of-the-art 3D/CAD software to design its handicap home & office renovations. During the past decade, our company has grown accustomed to using Punch! Pro, which has limited 3D capabilities, while our latest software is named TurboCAD by IMSI Design. It allows structures to be built upwards from floor plans, and allows quick rendering of details using texture palates, which are 2-dimensional images that are wrapped around 3-dimensional objects. The software allows our customers to preview how a renovation of their property would look, as if it were already installed, and we had taken a picture of the project in its completed state.

The process of designing or renovating a handicap accessible building is to first build a model of the existing building, if there is one, and add on the new structures. Our software even allows us to build models of bathroom fixtures, and kitchen appliances, and we've even worked around trees that our customers have cherished for years and don't want to cut down. The software also allows landscaping planning, if requested, though most customers are focused on seeing the actual structures that we are proposing to be built. 3D software allows us to build our handicap building proposals in the virtual world and show the customer what it would look like without hammering in a single nail.

Designing The Best Handicap Building Renovation #2The nicest thing about the virtual 3D world that we can create with this software, is that if the customer doesn't like the initial design, we can change it, usually within a few business days. In fact, we can change the design as many times as it takes until we satisfy the customer's demands — this is what makes our design services the best in the industry, because your handicap building renovation is going to be reflective of the design plan that is set into action.

While developing the building plans in 3D is more expensive per hour than 2-dimensional blueprints, it does save time, because usually with 2D layouts, we'd have to create a view for each angle which is costly on time. The overall cost of designing in 3D is about the same as regular blueprints, but you get the added benefit of being able to preview what we will be doing in a virtual world, which brings the thought of the architecture behind the project to the forefront of the customer's mind.

Accessible Solutions is a full-service general contractor that focuses on the accessibility of homes, corporate offices, hotels, universities, and other facilities. We are fully licensed and insured in Massachusetts, and can also service Southern New Hampshire and Southern Maine. We specialize in handicap bathroom renovations using Bestbath products, wheelchair ramps, stair lifts / wheelchair lifts, and other ADA compliant renovations to existing and new structures.

Bestbath Wheelchair Accessible Showers #3Bestbath is the leading manufacturer of the wheelchair accessible shower, and Accessible Solutions has been selling and installing them since 1994. We specialize in ADA bathrooms, including barrier free showers that you can walk into or use a wheelchair to enter. The handicap wheelchair accessible showers that we sell and install don't have that 'hospital look and feel' that you might expect with a disability-centered product. They look and feel like professional luxury showers, and they're affordable. Most customers qualify for financial assistance, which usually covers 100% of the cost of the products and installation.

We have a variety of shapes and sizes of our wheelchair accessible shower, and you can even pick the colors you want in the tile. Some units come as one piece, while others come as multiple pieces that snap together and include trim kits and moldings. We can also install grab bars and a seat that folds up into the side, so you can either sit in your wheelchair, or you can sit down on the seat. We specialize in catastrophic illness home modifications not limited to your bathroom — we could also renovate your kitchen, install ramps to help you get in and out of your home, and we could install a stair lift if you have a multi-story home.

Bestbath Wheelchair Accessible Showers #4Accessible Solutions also sells walk-in tubs that have caressing jets that push air and water to massage your body, which would really take the pain out of your muscles after a long day in your wheelchair. They improve circulation, and you can place scented beads in a reservoir that will south your mind into a relaxing state, where the worries of the day just melt away with water that can be controlled for the warm temperature that you want it to be at. It's easy to get into the tubs — there's a door on the side that opens inwards, and no water will get out because it's completely sealed once it is closed.

Also, on this website, we have dozens of financial resources listed, that we can help you figure out which one you best qualify for — such as the Home Modification Loan Program in Massachusetts that covers up to $50,000 in expenses with a no interest, no payments loan that only needs to be repaid if you sell your home. There's plenty of funding to get you everything that you need to have a home that meets your needs of accessibility, without compromising on the quality and aesthetics of your purchase. Don't look anywhere else but Accessible Solutions for your home modification needs — we're experts, and as you can see from other stories on our website, we've cleaned up a lot of disaster renovations from companies that say they know accessible solutions.

Bestbath Wheelchair Accessible Showers #1Stop the suffering that you're in by making your world new again, in a way that fits your specific needs. Every home is different, and there's no cookie-cutter method for renovating a home for ADA compliance. Our staff are experts at this, and the last thing we want is for you to be unhappy with our so-called competitors that are just in business to make money, and don't really care about your specific needs as much as we do. We want your experience in this home renovation to be five stars, and we'll work tirelessly until you're happy. We're committed to customer satisfaction, and there's no customer more important to us than you!

Please contact us right now, so we can get started right away on making your home more livable for you. We're going to make sure you're completely satisfied with the services that we provide. You're going to love your new home — because of the greater accessibility of everything, and because of the quality of care that we take with every customer's project. Choose Accessible Solutions for all of your home modification needs, and we'll put a smile on your face — guaranteed!

What's Wrong With This Bathroom?What's Wrong With This Bathroom?

Let's play “What's wrong with this bathroom?”

— the game show where you can win a free consultation to evaluate how Accessible Solutions can fix it! This remodeling project was meant to be an accessible bathroom, which was renovated by a firm who said they knew accessibility. This just goes to show that there are a lot of businesses out there that don't know what they're doing when it comes to handicap accessible bathrooms, and that's a reason to trust the experts!

The shower seat is right under the mixing valve and personal shower — so a disabled person sitting down on that shower seat would hit their head on the mixing valve, but other than that would have to stand up to turn the water on/off — ugh! The personal shower on a slide arm is placed incorrectly — note it is behind them and over their head — which is not suited for proper personal use. That’s why you see their fold up padded seat being unused because they had to go out and buy a self-standing shower seat to try to use this shower. Their shower walls were thin and flimsy — when you touched the walls they actually moved, and the water barrier on the bottom was so flimsy water still ran out and ruined her floor. What an expensive disappointing experience.

Their sink was mounted too low for someone in a wheelchair to roll under — it did not meet ADA standards — and as it was deep and could not be rolled under, a client in a wheelchair couldn't reach the faucet handle!This is proof that when a job is not done with the right products and by the right company, it all must be redone.

What's Wrong With This Bathroom?What's Wrong With This Bathroom?Now let's see it done right! An ADA vanity at the proper height for wheelchair use in whitewashed maple with a granite blend top — with no pipes showing. Beautiful, isn’t it? These are custom-made in your choice of poplar, maple, oak, hickory, alder or cherry in your choice of finishes, complemented by a beautiful solid surface or granite blend top in over 50 different colors.

This shower has a dual shower head configuration, so the family can use the fixed shower head, and someone physically challenged can sit right down and control their own personal shower head — right from their bamboo seat. Our client today responded, “Everything is just perfect!” finally... courtesy of Accessible Solutions.

This goes to show that you can only trust the experts — and that's Accessible Solutions!

Have you ever had a fraudulent disability contractor renovate your bathroom incorrectly? If so, please contact us to find out how we can rectify the situation by doing the job right!

Accessible Solutions, a division of Wood Wise Construction Inc,has been in business since 1978, and since 1984 has been helping the disabled and elderly renovate their homes to be ADA compliant for handicap accessibility. We specialize in bathroom remodeling, using Bestbath barrier-free showers, which are the best in the industry for the needs of the disabled.

What's Wrong With This Bathroom?What's Wrong With This Bathroom?

Accessible Solutions is a Premier Partner of Bestbath

The company now known as Bestbath was originally founded in 1969 under the name of Component Structures, Inc., which produced industry standard bathing products inclusive of bathtubs and other bathroom fixtures for new home construction. An ambitious plant manager named Gary Multahen rose to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and 10 years later, purchased the company and renamed it to Bestbath. The company is the industry leader of design and manufacturing techniques of bathing solutions for people of all ages and abilities.

Accessible Solutions, a division of Woodwise Construction, Inc., has been a premier partner of Bestbath since 1994, specializing in the long-term “Aging in Place” benefits of bathroom renovations. Debbie Chesbrough, Treasurer, said “If you're going to spend $25,000 now, why have to change it later?” She explained that the company can install a new Barrier Free / ADA Shower with a Threshold, and even put glass doors on it, and it looks and costs the same as a normal bathroom shower renovation — but the difference is that as the homeowners get older or if they have an accident, they can have the threshold and glass doors removed, and it's conveniently ready for use.

Multahen's epiphany for these products came one day in the early 1980s, when Gary was visiting his aging mother who had struggled to get in and out of her shower for years, and felt at risk of slipping and falling when stepping over the tub. Gary knew his team could fix her problem, so the company developed the multi-piece tub replacement barrier-free shower in 1993 that is now sold by 500 retail and installation partners across North America.

The company now known as Accessible Solutions, founded by Jim and Debbie Chesbrough in 1984 under the name Woodwise Construction, Inc, is one of those 500 companies that has renovated bathrooms using this new technology, hard at work convincing others of the vision of Bestbath. Today, their products are found in homes, universities, and corporate campuses in every US state and Canadian province. Because of their hard work, tens of thousands of happy customers are enjoying safer bathing experiences that are designed with the utmost attention to detail, without having that 'hospital look and feel'.

The two companies haven't wavered on their commitment to innovation and the affluence of their designs, leaving every customer with the utmost gratification in their purchase, no matter their age or ability. Bestbath is recognized as the industry leader in accessible bathrooms, and Accessible Solutions is recognized as the #1 premier Bestbath installer, serving Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine,a and the Chesbroughs even ship Bestbath products to other installers, all throughout the United States, and provide training to anyone that would like to learn how to install the high quality composite baths and showers.

We've summarized the top reasons of why you should choose Bestbath and Accessible Solutions for your bathroom renovation project:

  1. Custom design your shower piece with choices of color, tile design, shape, and fitting of your existing shower space or based on your specifications for a new construction project. All Bestbath products are designed and manufactured in the United States in Caldwell, Idaho — which means you'll be supporting American jobs, which helps to stimulate the domestic economy.
  2. Bestbath's walk-in bathtub reinforced products come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty that is extended to the original customer for as long as they live in the home that the product is installed in. The value of your bathroom will appreciate by approximately 110% if you sell it later, but most customers are investing into the long-term usefulness of their bathroom when they choose Bestbath.
  3. Accessible Solutions is a full-service home accessibility renovator and unrestricted general contractor, offering dozens of different financing options, including a 0% loan with no repayments unless you sell the property if you live in Massachusetts and meet the eligibility requirements.

There's never a better time than now to purchase a Bestbath bathroom renovation, because Bestbath stands the value of time, regardless of your age or ability.


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