What is a wheel chair house in Barcelona?
What are the standards of design for accessible houses in Barcelona?
Why is accessibility important?
Do you want a house that suits your needs when you get older?
You have heard some accessibility, but is the information you find not sufficiently clear and synthesized?
Do not know where to start?
In this post we explain the basic notions of accessible houses.
In case you still do not know us, let us introduce ourselves.
We are ERA architects, one of the young, committed and creative architecture studios in Barcelona.
In this post you can find our professional and simple explanation of what is an accessible house.
What is an accessible house?
The accessible house is that house that all people can use regardless of their technical, cognitive or physical abilities.
This means that it is a house that can be used by a person who is in a wheelchair or a person with visual, auditory or psychic deficiencies.
Why is accessibility important in your home?
We all get older and your house is something that you want to be by your side taking care of and pampering yourself. Accessibility is important because it makes your life easier not only when you grow older, but also when you break your leg or even when you feel a little dizzy.
What should an accessible house fulfill?
- Unobstructed access (no steps or steep slopes)
- Aisles width of more than 80cm
- Neutral colors
- Access and well-lit interior
- Sliding doors
- Embedded handles
- Lateral access to the 80cm minimum bed
- The height of the bed is smaller than 58cm
- Bathroom and walk-in shower
- Access to shower of 80 cm minimum
- Odorless seat less than 48cm
- Shower with seat
- Manual shower head
- Sink with maximum height of 85cm and bottom space of 75cm
- Lavatory faucets with lever system
- Kitchen with a maximum height of 80cm and a bottom space of 75cm
- Kitchen cabinets with height between 40 and 140cm
How much does an accessible house cost?
In our architecture studio in Barcelona ERA architects we work with local wheelchair manufacturers such as Karma mobility that have an ergonomic chair design and one of the most accessible silas in the market and national manufacturing. Thanks to their advice, we have proven that a new small house of 50m2 with simple accessibility in entrance, corridors and bathroom, can cost only € 1,000 to become a standard house.
If you want a house with universal accessibility with gadgets also in kitchen, cabinets … account from € 5,000 more onwards.
In our architecture studio in Barcelona ERA architects, we always recommend making accessible houses that take care of you and pamper you when you need it.
If you choose to make an accessible house, we recommend that you also consider it to be an efficient, passive and accessible house.
Also consider contracting the services of Work Management to make the construction process easier and more logical
In the next publication we will explain the Work Management services and why we, as professionals, offer and recommend this option to all our clients.
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