accessibility renovations


Whether you are envisioning living longer in your home or adapting to a life changing event, home modifications can help you live comfortably in your own home.

You will start to hear terms like “Aging-in-place” and “universal design” when talking to your professional renovator. These terms simple mean “preparing for the future when renovating”, allowing you to remain in your home comfortably and safely.

There are three main reasons for home modifications:

Aging in Place without Urgent Needs-people are renovating to prepare for the future, to have longevity in their home.

Aging in Place with Progressive Conditions-Based Needs-You don’t have to be a senior to experience chronic or progressive health conditions. Home modifications are made to help address every age group who require special modifications to life comfortably and independently in their home.

Aging in Place with Traumatic Change Needs– Nobody can predict the future, people that have experienced abrupt or traumatic change can still live in their home safely with accessibility modifications.

Ones Desire to Remain in One’s Home– Home modifications enhance the quality of life and enable families to enjoy their home to the fullest, providing personal independence and welcoming company of different ages and abilities.

From small modifications like grab bars, lever faucets, adjustable shower heads to extensive accessibility renovations like barrier free showers, electric powered adjustable cabinets in the kitchen, it is always a good idea to consult with a local Certified Aging in Place specialist (CAPS) to help you decide the best modifications to make for your lifestyle. See below for some more examples.


– Grab rails

– Barrier free shower

– Custom shower bench

– Wheelchair accessible vanity

– Non-slip bathroom flooring

– Adjustable shower


– Pull down shelves

– Pull out pot drawers

– Rollout spice rack

– Open stove top

– Pull out dishwasher drawer

– Enlarged entrance to kitchen

Living Spaces

– Smart home systems

– Doors and openings should be at least 915mm

– lower switches and controls

– Accessible back entrance

– Wheelchair accessible bathroom


– Wheelchair ramps

– Lifts and residential elevators

– Raised gardens

– Wide pathways

– Seating areas accessible by wheelchair

– Outdoor switches should be 400-1200mm

Resources for information on aging in place and grant programs in Nova Scotia:

If you are looking for accessibility modifications & renovation contractors in Halifax, or would like to learn more about how to make your home or a loved ones more accessible, then please contact us today!