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Fabricating and the Kitchen Sink for Universal Design

Posted on 16 March 2016 by CRadmin2

The BLANCO sink is recessed for easy roll-up use for a wheelchair bound client.

The BLANCO sink is recessed for easy roll-up use for a wheelchair bound client.

Recently, Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly, Inc. of Williston Park, N.Y., created a kitchen featuring universal design (for wheelchair accessibility) for a New York client on Long Island. The space allowed the client freedom of movement in a wheelchair from the kitchen to the media room and wet bar.

According to Ken Kelly, CKD, CBD, CR, lead designer and owner of Kitchen Designs, fabricators who are working on an accessible kitchen design should pay close attention to the sink workstation area.

“If the person uses a mobility aid, such as a wheelchair, the sink workstation should be shallow enough in order to allow legroom and arm reach,” states Kelly. “The fabrication must conform to local building codes, and countertop supports should have a slim profile not to interfere with movement of the knees, hands or fingers. The countertop work area may have to be lowered, and it has to be easily accessible with ample turning room. Consider reach range and visual range dimensions so the kitchen is maximized for independence with all obstacles and hazards removed.”

When designing a kitchen for accessibility, a deep understanding of the client’s needs is imperative. The clean design of the newly remodeled space removes all obstacles by providing easy access to sinks, cabinets, counters and appliances, allowing enough turning room for a fluid transition to adjoining areas, which includes the media room, dining area and beverage bar.

Gropper-01-copyThe design created by Kitchen Designs is perfect for socializing and watching TV while preparing meals on expansive antique brown granite counters. The single oven is set at the most comfortable height to safely reach into, and the countertops were lowered, making it easier to reach the cooktop. The cooking area is fully open with ample knee space, allowing the client to wheel up to the island and under the unit.

The recessed BLANCO sink workstation offers easy access and is purposefully shallow in order to allow better legroom and arm reach. All pipes under the sink are covered, and an under-counter, single-drawer dishwasher and microwave are accessible.

Two high-tech, motorized wall cabinets can be lowered to countertop height, so the client can easily reach into the cabinets.

The custom cabinetry is Brookhaven by Wood-Mode in a textured laminate with brushed stainless handles. The snack-and-beverage bar is standard height and includes a full-sized dishwasher for extra cleanup space when entertaining. To accommodate the lower tops, Kelly used a single drawer dishwasher.

Options for accessible living are limitless, and everything about this kitchen is maximized for independence, convenience and functionality.

Article and images provided by Grace Kelly of Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly, Inc., Williston Park, N.Y.

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Five New Models of Sinks Introduced by Gemstone

Posted on 05 August 2015 by cradmin

GemstoneFive new lavatory models of sinks were introduced by Gemstone. With more ramped sinks for healthcare, the sinks can be integrated with the backsplash in fabrication for a design that reduces areas that might harbor bacteria. The new sinks are designed to have a cleaner look, more sizes to choose from, offset drains and universal designs. They include the new universally designed 1711-UVO (with or without an integrated overflow) made for 18-in. cabinets; 1416-V (pictured here) and 1518-V for hand washing stations that can be installed with a flush backsplash; 1513-VO ramp sink with rear overflow; and 1814-EVO shallow rectangle sink with side overflow that complies with Europe’s ADA requirements.

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GranQuartz Now Carries Line of Supports for ADA-compliant Vanities

Posted on 17 March 2015 by cradmin

GranQuartz is now offering a line of Stone Pro ADA-compliant Vanity Supoorts that allow for easy install of ADA-compliant, wheelchair accessible vanity topsgranquartz Stone Pro ADA Compliant Vanity Support. The ADA Vanity Supports have a 4-ft. span with two brackets, a 5-ft. span with three brackets or an 8-ft. or larger span with four or more brackets depending on the compliant spacing needed.

You may also be interested in this article on ADA compliant sinks.

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Gemstone Upgrades VO Sink Line

Posted on 16 October 2014 by cradmin

Gemstone photoGemstone unveiled its latest Universal Design, its newly upgraded 1613-VO; the company’s most popular sink model. With a consistent 10-degree draft all of the way around the top of the bowl routing will be much easier and faster, providing more efficient production, minimizing sanding and saving labor and money. With a depth of 5 in., the sink allows for easy ADA application and conformity. The new sink not only has clean, smooth curves, it features integral overflow, but can be specified with no overflow, and is 27 percent lighter because of a reduction in material in the overflow chamber and flange, making it easier to handle to save install time.

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Gemstone Provides New Universal ADA-Compliant Single-Bowl Sink

Posted on 14 March 2014 by cradmin

gemstone imageThe new 2716‐US model Universal Design Single Bowl Sink from Gemstone provides quality and ADA-compliance. Suitable for kitchens or company break rooms, the sink has an inner diameter of 27 by 16 in. and a depth of 5-1/2 in. It fits well in a 30-in. cabinet and works for space-saving kitchens that need a large single-bowl sink. It also provides the appropriate knee clearance for ADA applications.

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ISFA to Offer CEUs through American Institute of Architects

Posted on 13 December 2013 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) has been approved to provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to architects through an agreement with the American Institute of Architects (AIA). ISFA’s first presentation, “Solid Surface Design Basics” has already been approved as a course, providing one Learning Unit (LU) for participants. Additional courses on quartz surfacing, advanced solid surface design, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, and more are already under development for 2014. The new ISFA program has three current sponsors, Dixie Plywood and Lumber Company, Meganite and Aetna Plywood, and additional sponsors are welcome.

As an Approved Provider for the AIA, the Continuing Education Program at ISFA will be developing content for a variety of approved courses through a program with participating ISFA members. ISFA is responsible for the coordination of the CEU efforts, and provides the point-of-contact for the AIA and other professional organizations that conduct continuing education programs. The ongoing administration of the CEU programs will be the responsibility of ISFA, with guidance from Continuing Education Program participants. ISFA will also train and register presenters who will be qualified to deliver approved courses on behalf of ISFA.

“This program will help participating ISFA member companies to have more contact with architects and designers and also help to education potential customers on a variety of topics,” said ISFA Executive Director Chuck Sawyer. “We think this will be of great value to our members to increase their reach and influence with more specifiers.”

For more information, contact Chuck Sawyer at [email protected].

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