ADA and Accessibility Considerations in Renovation Projects

When planning a renovation project with accessibility in mind, there are several important factors to consider to ensure that the space is accessible to people with disabilities. Here are some key considerations:

Entry and Exits:

  • Ensure that there are accessible entrances and exits with ramps or elevators if necessary.

Doorways and Hallways:

  • Widen doorways and hallways to accommodate wheelchairs and mobility aids.
  • Ensure that doors have lever-style handles for easy gripping.


  • Use non-slip, durable flooring materials that provide a smooth, even surface for wheelchairs and walkers.
  • Eliminate thresholds or level changes between rooms.


  • Install adequate and well-distributed lighting to aid visibility for those with visual impairments.
  • Consider motion-activated lighting in key areas like hallways and bathrooms.

Electrical Outlets and Switches:

  • Place outlets and light switches at a convenient height for wheelchair users or individuals with limited mobility.


  • Lower countertops and provide open space beneath them for wheelchair users.
  • Install pull-out shelves and drawers for easy access to items.
  • Place appliances at a reachable height and ensure they have accessible controls.

Grab Bars and Handrails:

  • Install grab bars and handrails in key areas, such as in the bathroom, along hallways, and on staircases.


  • Design accessible bathrooms with roll-in showers, grab bars, and shower benches.
  • Install a raised toilet seat and accessible sink.
  • Use lever-style faucets and easy-to-reach controls.

Color and Contrast:

  • Use contrasting colors for walls, floors, and furnishings to aid individuals with low vision.


  • If possible, install ramps or stair lifts to ensure accessibility for those with mobility challenges.
  • Ensure that handrails are sturdy and continuous.


Furniture and Fixtures:

  • Choose furniture and fixtures that are easy to navigate around and offer comfortable seating and support.

Consult with Professionals:

  • Work with architects, contractors, and interior designers experienced in accessible design to ensure that your renovation project meets all accessibility requirements.


  • Plan your budget carefully, as accessibility modifications may require additional expenses. Explore potential grants or funding sources for accessibility improvements.

Remember that accessibility is not limited to physical disabilities; it also encompasses cognitive and sensory impairments. Tailoring your renovation project to your specific needs is crucial to creating an inclusive and accessible environment.