To Remodel or To Build?By Rosenblum, Todd; Exceptional Parent Magazine, Vol. 39, No. 7, p. 29
Publication Date: July 2009
Article discusses things to consider when deciding whether to make modifications to an existing home or build a new home to accommodate a resident with a wheelchair. Initial considerations include the overall project budget, as construction of a new home is more costly than the renovation of an existing one; the impact on the family a move would have, such as changing schools; and the timetable for finishing the project, with new construction taking longer than remediation of existing non-wheelchair accessible features such as exterior steps, multiple levels, narrow doors and hallways, and small bathrooms. Other deciding factors mentioned include the possibility of scheduling renovations over time as the budget allows, and figuring the typically higher property tax on a new house into the budget. The use of an architect specializing in designing accessible renovations, additions, and barrier-free houses is recommended, as this type of architect can inspect an existing house or a specific home site to assist in determining if it fits the client’s needs, prepare blueprints, assist in getting bids from builders, and monitor construction.
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