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3 Things To Consider When Designing an Accessible Kitchen for Your Washington, DC Metro Home

an accessible kitchen with wooden cabinets and stainless steel appliances

Aging in place has become a popular option for homeowners since we can now implement residential elevators and create accessible home designs. Nobody wants to have to move out of their beloved Georgetown, McLean, Great Falls, Tysons Corner, Reston, or Falls Church homes because they can’t get around on their own anymore. If you are trying to make your Washington, DC Metro home wheelchair accessible, here are three things to consider for your accessible kitchen design.

Kitchen Counters

A typical Washington, DC Metro home has countertops designed for people who are standing. To create an accessible kitchen design, you want to adjust the height of the countertops so that someone in a wheelchair can easily reach them. You’ll want to remove any cabinets below the countertop so that the wheelchair can fit underneath. Pull out shelves and adjustable tables allow everyone in the home the ability to easily access the countertops.

Kitchen Sink

Kitchen sinks typically have a cabinet underneath for the piping, but this needs to be altered for an accessible kitchen design. To do this, the drain needs to be moved to the back of the sink so that the piping doesn’t block the way of the wheelchair. The piping should also be enclosed so that nobody’s legs are damaged from the heat. A single lever faucet is a very cost-effective option to help make your kitchen wheelchair accessible. For a more high-tech option, there are also touch control faucets.


The kitchen is for cooking and without proper access to the appliances, people in wheelchairs are unable to prepare their favorite meals. Appliances should be installed at a lower height. It is best to invest in an electric stove that has staggered burners so that there is no worry of reaching across hot burners. An oven door that opens to the side rather than outwards is also best. Separating the oven from the stove makes it easier to access both of them with ease.

Contact Signature Elevators Today for Your Accessible Kitchen Design!

Signature Elevators & Accessible Design, LLC works with leading manufacturers to provide you with the beautiful residential elevator that you need. Located in Rockville, MD, and serving the DC, MD, and Northern Virginia areas, we have years of experience with incorporating elevators into multi-story homes and working with customers to ensure the elevator meets their specific needs. With styles from modern tubes to wood-paneled cabs, Signature Elevators has all the tools you need to build the perfect elevator for your home! Contact us at (301) 251-1658 for more information. The manufacturers we represent are:

Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators

Stiltz Lifts

Waupaca Elevators

Cambridge Elevating




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