Greetings once again, readers! Our last article introduced the new direction Turner & Son Homes is taking, particularly with how we communicate to our current and future customers. While we will continue to build the quality, affordable dream homes with flexible floor plans that we are known for, we also want to continue to bring value and real-life information to you long after we hand you the key to your brand new home. One way we will do this is by sharing our knowledge on topics that are sometimes overlooked, and today that topic is ADA (American Disabilities Act) accessible homes.
For many of you, this may not be something you've ever considered, understandably so. For others, though, it could be an issue weighing heavy on your mind. Perhaps you have a special needs child or a disabled spouse or an elderly parent living in the home with you. If so, you know that there are home features in need of modifications that most able-bodied people would never even consider...not because they're insensitive, but because they've never had to.
Building an ADA accessible home is so much more than a ramp leading to the front door. Once inside the house, the individual should be able to reach the light switches, guide his or her chair smoothly across the floor, and easily navigate hallways and entryways. Laundry facilities need to accommodate front-loading machines. Ideally, bathrooms will have reinforced walls to sturdily hold grab bars, shower stalls with movable showerheads, and a mirror that reaches down to the wheelchair-height sink. Doors should be the sort that slide or open outward, rather than inward. There should be at least two "easy exits" from the home in case of fires or other emergencies, meaning not only is a ramp necessary, but a smooth pathway to safety, as well.
Having built multiple ADA accessible homes, we can tell you that this is just skims the surface of what should be considered in these unique designs. We can also tell you that we understand it can be unnerving to think about facing the decision to build a special needs home, but should you find yourself in this situation, know that you have a team to call upon with experience...both in building an ADA home and in making the personal decision to have one built.
Athena Captain is Director of Sales and Marketing at Turner & Son Homes, where her passion is building a referral-based company in a niche market. She has helped create a business model that allows Turner & Son Homes to become the “concierge” of building on land in Oklahoma. Athena has successfully led sales teams within retail, banking, and finally bringing her talent to bear in the construction industry. Athena has developed a prospecting system while at Turner & Son Homes that allows any sales professional to become a referral magnet. She will share her system in her upcoming book The Making of a Rainmaker, soon to be released nationwide. With the launch of AthenaCaptain.com, she hopes to help other sales professionals, business owners, and companies apply her proven systems to increase revenue through referrals. She was honored to be a finalist for Edmond Woman of the Year in 2014. She is active within her community as a Board member for Oklahoma Family Network, and she is on the Leadership team of Savannah Station Equine Therapy Program.
The current home on our property has been in existence for over 80 years. We love our property, and made our decision to build our new house there. Turner and Son was the first company we considered and we didn't have to look any further.
The Wells family
March 9, 2016