Simple Remodeling for Tomorrow's Needs -- Cost-Effective Green Solutions for Your HomeBy Purpora, Megan; Reach Out Magazine, pp. 10-15
Publication Date: January-April 2009
Article discusses simple, low-cost and environmentally-friendly modifications that remove accessibility barriers in a home and allow aging in place. Modifications recommended include: (1) a mat made of recycled tire rubber placed over the front door threshold to make the entrance accessible; (2) replacing door knobs with easy-to-grasp lever door handles; (3) using a non-slick recycled-plastic flooring with an open-weave texture in the foyer to minimize the risk of slipping when wet; (4) using wrap-around door hinges to maximize doorway width for accommodating a wheelchair; (5) for reachable convenience, installing rotating and pullout cabinet shelves in the kitchen and placing wheat board on a wall to hang pots and pans; (6) installing multiple-level rods and shelves in bedroom closets, and using a bamboo clothing rod which provides antioxidant properties that prevent bacterial growth; and (7) installing a temperature lock in the bathroom shower to prevent scalding, replacing the showerhead with a hand-held model, and mounting grab bars on the bathroom walls. A resource list of links to websites offering information on environmentally-friendly materials and remodeling for accessibility is appended.
Published by: Reach Out Publishing
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