Traci and Hugo Fernandez wanted their new Batavia home to be both accessible and beautiful. For wheelchair access cabinet manufacturers offer Universal Design cabinetry that has an eight inch toe kick and a height that is 2″ lower than standard cabinets. Traci found that the 8″ toe kick on these cabinets didn’t give her any more accessibility in her wheel chair and decreased the amount of valuable storage space.
So instead, Seigles ordered standard Diamond base cabinets without a toe kick. Those base cabinets were placed on a custom 2-1/2″ platform built by Brad Kath of Thornbrook Construction. The platform was covered with base molding, giving the cabinets the furniture look Traci and Hugo desired. The accessible counter height of 34″ was achieved, and they have the storage space of standard cabinets.
In addition, their kitchen is as beautiful as it is accessible. A second sink to the right of the range allows Traci to fill a pot with water and easily place it on the cook top. A base pullout pantry cabinet keeps spices and cooking oils in reach. The microwave is placed in a base cabinet, which is convenient for the whole family. A table height breakfast bar on the front side of the island is a great place to help the kids with homework.
In the master bathroom, table style vanities comprised of Diamond Vibe decorative legs and trim pieces are as functional as they are stylish. Aristokraft cabinets in the loft provide a great work space for the kids!
Enjoy these “after” photos of the beautiful results.
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