Once aspect of an aging in place home is having a garage on the main floor of your home. This means easy access to your vehicle. However, we all know that the garage is used for more than parking, such as freezers, tools or storage. A garage helps keep these things handy.
If you do not have a garage, a parking area close to the entrance will make the trek to and from the home easier, as well as make it easier to get packages to and from the car. Regardless of what your particular situation is, parking areas should be convenient to the main level of the home and accessible by anyone. These parking and garage ideas should help you plan a space that is more usable and safe.
Space to Move
If you are considering remodeling your home, take note that garages and carports (or other parking areas) need to be a little wider than normal to accommodate wheelchairs or other assistive devices. You should also consider leaving 5 feet between vehicles so you can get in and out of vehicles. Garage door heights may need to be a little taller to allow access for vans with taller roofs.
Adjustable Storage Systems
Adding adjustable storage systems in the garage is a good way to keep things organized and in view. Having an adjustable system allows you to make changes as your needs change. Several manufacturers offer systems that are available at home improvement stores.
Garage Door Opener
Having a garage door opener will allow for more convenient and safe access to your home.
No Step Entry
As with the main entrance to your home, make sure there is a no/low lip entry from the garage. This can be a little tricky since a large percentage of homes the garage sits slightly lower than the house. Depending on the situation, a ramp could be built to allow ease of access to your home. Contact a licensed contractor for a solution that meets your needs.
Non Slip Floor
Consider adding a non slip coating to your garage floor. This will help reduce the chance of slipping and falling.
If you have an extra door out of the garage, a 36” door opening and a lever handle will allow people of all abilities to use the door.
Make sure there is adequate lighting in the garage. Proper lighting is a key universal design element and will reduce the chance of tripping and falling. Also, make sure that when the garage door opens, the lights stay on long enough for you to get into the house.
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