Building a Handicapped Bathroom | Home Guides

ADA requirements define preferred placement of items for comfort and ease of access.

ADA requirements define preferred placement of items for comfort and ease of access.

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One of the benefits of building a custom bathroom is that you can make it handicap accessible while using the Americans With Disabilities Act’s required minimum specifications as a guideline. This includes ADA guidelines for placement of the sink and toilet, doorway dimensions, clearance guidelines, and information for the location of grab bars and towel rails. Private residences do not have to adhere to the ADA guidelines, but you still may use them as a reference point when designing and building.

Rotating Space

Any area of the bathroom, from the main floor to the shower, should have at least 60 inches of clearance in all directions so the wheelchair and its user can move around freely. This is 60 inches off the face of finish components such as the sink edge, grab bars, the toilet,

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Importance of Lighting in Interior Design | Home Guides

The lighting in a home changes the mood of a room just as it does the perceived size of a room. Placement and type are important aspects of interior design, and they work in conjunction with color selections, room size, availability of natural light and furniture selection. The elements that come together when the right lighting is achieved transform a room into a seamless combination of functionality and style.

Color Management

The use of lighting can add to or subtract from the overall colors of a room or from only those surfaces the light is meant to enhance. Darker colors make a room feel smaller and cramped, while light-colored walls do the opposite. The illusion of space is defined by light reflected off of the surfaces of the walls. Some types of lighting help with this illusion by further illuminating the walls. In addition, directional lighting, such as a track

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How to Make Your Own Exterior House Cleaning Solution | Home Guides

Much like anything that sits outdoors season after season, your home’s exterior gets dirty from pollution, pollen, dust and rain. Instead of cleaning the outside of your house with a melange of mysterious chemicals found in some cleaning products, whip up your own homemade siding wash with water and a little soap, oxygen bleach or even vinegar depending on the situation.

Washing Cedar Shakes

Cedar-shake siding requires special care, as some harsh chemicals could cause it to discolor or even wear prematurely. Clean the outside of the house with bleach and water to remove mildew, algae and dirt. Mix one part bleach with three parts lukewarm water in a large bucket or directly in a pump sprayer if you have one.

If using a pump sprayer, spray the solution on one small area at a time, let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with a garden

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