A standard basement renovation simply won’t work
With years of experience in basement finishing in Toronto, we have learned some key factors to creating a senior-friendly suite. Here are some important considerations:
Wider doors offer easy wheelchair access, while double doors to a master bedroom can allow a bed to be rolled in. Egress doors will also allow fast and easy access for first responders.
Low-pile carpet is a great option for ease of mobility — especially if you need flooring that a wheelchair can easily roll across. Tile and other hard flooring options are less desirable, as they pose a greater fall risk.
Light colours can brighten a space and make it easier for seniors to see, especially if they are visually impaired. Consider all of your options to bring natural light into the space — including egress windows, skylights, mirrors, etc.
Consider raising electrical outlets from the standard height to 18 inches off the ground. Higher outlets can be accessed from a seated position and minimize the need to lean or bend down to plug things in.
A walk-in shower with a grab bar is imperative. Consider a built-in bench to allow for seated bathing. A wide entry with no step also allows a wheelchair to enter the space for an easy transfer to the shower seat.
Toilet & Taps
Lever-style faucet handles should be used to enable the sink and shower operation without having to grip and turn. Also, consider a chair-height commode with a lever flush mechanism.
Use light colours for cupboards, benches, and appliances. We recommend electric burners as they turn red when hot and black when cool, plus they are safer than gas.
Recessed lighting can provide plenty of artificial light with minimal glare, which can be bothersome to low vision people. Wide wall switches are also great for lighting and desk lamps.
Access to Main Level
The width of the stairs is an important consideration. Ensure that grab rails are installed on both sides. Chair lifts are also a popular and cost-effective solution when mobility becomes a challenge.
29 Things you need to consider for a safe and comfortable home.
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At BCR, we’ve transformed more than 600 basements and added more than 500,000 square feet to homes across the GTA and Durham region.
Why You Should Consider a Self-Contained Living Space
Keep your loved ones safe
We have all seen the heartbreaking stories as a result of COVID-19. Sadly, many long-term care residents have died needlessly in aged care facilities.
If you are looking to create a senior-safe space in your home for your loved one, BCR can help you complete your basement finishing in Oshawa, Durham and the GTA, allowing you to have the peace of mind that your loved ones are safe — all while helping you create a separate space that will allow them to maintain their independence.
Save money on aged care
Senior living facilities can be a pricy endeavour — and over time, you might find that the bills quickly add up. Across Canada, monthly fees for senior care can range from $1,500 to $6,000.
Completing your basement renovation in Richmond Hill, Durham and across the GTA can help you save you thousands of dollars in living expenses (not to mention that it’ll be sure to increase your home's property value).
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You can create lasting memories, keep your loved ones safe and help them enjoy their golden years. We’ll help you develop the living space they truly deserve and make sure they feel comfortable in their new home. We provide premium basement finishing in Markham, Durham and across the GTA.
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After transforming hundreds of basements, we’ve covered just about every need. We want to help you design a customized, long-term living suite that offers comfort and functionality for your loved one. Begin your basement finishing in Pickering and across the GTA for a result that you and your family member will love.
Welcome your loved one into a safe, comfortable space without making them feel like they are living in a basement. They deserve it.
With a basement designed for seniors’ living, your loved ones will be able to live securely. Our expert designers will ensure that your parents feel safe, comfortable and loved, with a custom-designed space built to suit their current and future needs.
Look no further for a company to complete your basement renovations in Oshawa, across Durham and across the GTA. Your loved ones spent years making you feel safe, loved, and secure. Now you can return the favour and welcome them home with a beautiful, custom-designed home by BCR Basements.
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