Disability remodeling in order to adapt a home to accommodate someone with mobility issues can take a lot of work, money and time. Each adaptation that you take is going to be unique, depending on the person, the function, and the home itself.
According to the ADA, a bathroom that is remodeled for accommodating someone with a disability will cost on average, $9,000.
Not every type of disability is going to need the same type of changes so, while $9,000 is the average, it’s not a definite number.
Beyond disabilities, if a person would like to remodel a home for an “age in place” adaptation, a lot of the samples below can be used as price points for age-related mobility issues.
The Most Common Types Of Changes
Installing curb free walk-in or roll installs in the bathroom: $5,000 to $6,000
Installing grab bars near the toilet, in the shower tall and near the tub: $140 for 3 bars.
- Lowering kitchen cabinets and counters: $15,000
- Installing counters at different heights: $500 to $1,500
- Installing a ramp: $400 to $4,000
- Purchasing a ramp: $100 to $400
- Installing a chairlift: $3,000 to $4,000
- Widening hallways, doorways, etc: $700 each
- Installing handrails: $100 per railing
Depending on how much time you plan to spend in your kitchen, the cost of remodeling might be between $15,000 and $20,000. This depends on how much time you plan to have in the kitchen, what you plan on doing – eating or cooking, or both.
If you need to change your kitchen design, it’s a good idea to hire a kitchen designer or a design firm. This individual or company would draw up plans (a blueprint) for the space. You would then need to hire a general contractor to do all of the work for you.
The bathroom is one of the most common rooms to remodel for a disability because while you might not spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you will spend time every day in the bathroom getting ready for the day, showering, etc. To renovate a bathroom for a disability, this will usually cost around $9,000 for a typical bathroom remodel.
Stairs can be a huge problem when it comes to mobility. Whether the individual cannot walk, has a hard time walking or needs an object to help them walk – like a cane or a walker, the price will vary for stairs and stairways.
While installing a chairlift will cost around $3,000 to $4,000, railings will cost less money at around $100 per 1 linear foot which will cost around $1,000 for 10 linear feet.
Beyond installation, planning and building, you also need to consider labor costs. Usually, a carpenter will cost $70 on average, an hour, while a plumber can cost anywhere between $45 and $65 an hour.
Depending on the amount of work that needs to be done or how you plan to change the home, you also might need a permit to be filed with your city. This is especially true if you plan on making sure that your home meets or exceeds certain ADA regulations.
You can also visit the US Department of Labor for more information how much a permit might cost in your area or if you need one at all!
If you need more information or you’re wondering about prices, the best place to start would be a company – that offers disability remodeling. Usually, these companies have carpenters, electricians, and contractors that are either tied into their business, or they have references to these other services that they can lend out to you.