Kitchen Remodel Transforms Quality of Life for Mobility Challenged Homeowner

Kitchen Magic was asked to create a functional kitchen for this wheelchair bound homeowner who lived alone and had struggled with inaccessible space for many years and was greatly limited when working in the kitchen.

When our draftsman worked with the homeowner to come up with solutions he asked about every aspect of her kitchen and cooking experience to make it more manageable. Just getting to the upper cabinets was a daunting task. “Making them three inches lower makes a world of difference”, she said.

The lower cabinets are now four inches lower as well. “It doesn’t sound like a lot however, it is all the difference to reaching items or not reaching them.”

To simplify things even more, Kitchen Magic outfitted the interior cabinets with pull down shelves. Now it’s a matter of pulling the items down to you instead of reaching up. The sink and cook top now have sufficient leg room so a wheel chair fits right underneath.

The homeowner had to cope with a serious health hazard every day; she had to pull food out of the oven and place it on top of a wood cutting board in her lap. This shocked our draftsman who found this completely unacceptable and wanted to make the kitchen safe. A strategically placed cutting board now slides back into the cabinet and you’d never know it was there, making the kitchen user friendly and preparing meals a pleasure instead of a nuisance.

When we asked if there were any more unusual constraints, she brought up the difficult obstacle of maneuvering in between the peninsula and the island. All 1970s kitchens had a peninsula however, this created a “trapped effect” and the homeowner either had to back out or go all the way around the island.

A more open floor plan was the obvious solution. We replaced the peninsula storage space by making all the other cabinets more accessible with roll out shelving, lazy susans and the pull down upper shelving.

Making life easier doesn’t have to break the bank. There are always cost effective solutions and options such as a roll-out spice rack. Its just a matter of some interior cabinet accessories, some beautiful yet less expensive materials and a little common sense.

With a custom kitchen by Kitchen Magic, the options are endless. No two cooks are a like and no one wants a “canned” style kitchen. Its all about customizing your needs and wants. With Kitchen Magic a completely transformed kitchen will literally enrich your cooking experience and quality of life.

This kitchen is now fully functional for the homeowner who was once limited basically to the table for all food preparation and kitchen activities.

PROJECT SUMMARY

Details:

  • All new custom mobility kitchen

  • Wall cabinets: 3" lower.

  • Floor/base cabinets: 4" lower than avg. (30" high) + 2” for the countertop =

Total height 32”

  • Pull down shelves
  • Roll out cutting board & spice racks

  • Opening under cook top and sink to accommodate wheel chair.

Kitchen Description:

Material: Maintenance-free Laminate

Door Color: Hazelnut

Door Style: Prestige

Countertops:

Corian solid surface

Countertop: Witch hazel

Edge style: Hanover

This all new custom mobility kitchen remodel has new cabinets, countertops and backsplash. The door style and color is Hazelnut and the style is Prestige. Both classics and will stand the test of time. The countertops are DuPont Corian® solid surface and the color is Witch Hazel.This color is from the Corian Private Collection series and was chosen for its swirls of mocha and cream with a hues of smoky grey.It looked so good on the countertop, we decided to bring it up the backsplash.We gave a some dimension and added a routed diamond pattern. The bright new color scheme warms the room and the materials will last a lifetime.

Corian® Solid Surface

  • Warm to the touch

  • Easy to clean

  • Mold and bacterial resistant

  • Will not stain, fade or crack.

  • Worry-free Lifetime Warranty

  • 140 Colors

  • Repairable


Free In-Home Consultation and Estimate (800)237-0799 or visit www.KitchenMagic.com

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