|Re: Accessiblilty in CH Kitchens||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Joan Sidney (jssidneysidneyfamily.org)|
|Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2018 18:26:56 -0800 (PST)|
Dick, I'm in a wheelchair & like to cook breakfast, so we removed cabinets under the range. I'm in my house in Storrs, exploring co-housing. Joan On Wed, Dec 26, 2018 at 11:35 AM Dick Margulis <dick [at] dmargulis.com> wrote: > On 12/26/2018 11:07 AM, Ann Zabaldo wrote: > > —BEGIN— > > > > We are planning a renovation of our community kitchen and are > considering how to make it more accessible. Are there others who have > tried to do this in their community kitchens who could provide advice to us? > > > > When we started planning Rocky Corner, because we're the first cohousing > community in Connecticut AND because we are using state money for part > of the work, our local health department got involved early and ruled > that our common house* falls under their jurisdiction as a food service > establishment (we argued otherwise, but they were adamant). As such, our > kitchen is subject to a number of codes, one of which bears on > accessibility. > > We worked with a commercial kitchen designer. He is employed by a used > equipment dealer, and he produced a kitchen plan gratis, on the basis > that the company will supply a good deal of the equipment. Other > commercial kitchen designers quotes us design fees in the thousands of > dollars. > > The designer was familiar with the various codes, and the plan he drew > was ultimately approved by the health department as well as by our > architect's code review consultant. > > Main takeaways: > > 1. All aisles are 4' wide, minimum. > 2. One prep table is wheelchair height. > 3. Faucets can be reached from a wheelchair. > > It's not clear to me that the stove will be accessible, although I guess > the ovens will be. I'm not sure about the dish line, where height might > be an issue. I'd have to ask about that. So, overall, I guess we're > about halfway there, if the goal is that someone who uses a wheelchair > would be able to do everything in the kitchen. But we meet code. > > Hope that helps. > > Dick > http://www.rockycorner.org > > * The underground plumbing and other utilities are in place and the slab > is poured. Framing starts next week. > > > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://l.cohousing.org/info > > > > -- Joan Seliger Sidney <http://www.joanseligersidney.org/> Body of Diminishing Motion <http://www.joanseligersidney.org/diminishing.html> (CavanKerry), Eric Hoffer Legacy Finalist 2015 Bereft and Blessed <http://www.joanseligersidney.org/bereft.html> (Antrimhouse) Special Research Associate / Writer in Residence University of Connecticut Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life http://www.joanseligersidney.org
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