When working with you to design your space, we work hand in hand with your therapists, to develop a plan that works for everyone in the house; accessible doesn’t have to mean ugly or institutional. We use many of the same products and techniques that other contractors use, we just apply them differently. We like to say that we’re in the business of 1/8” because that can make the difference between futile and functional!
Bathrooms are our specialty as 4 out of 5 of the ADL’s (activities of daily living) happen in that room. Toileting, bathing, and grooming. Some of our services include grab bars and grab bar installations, shower chairs, toilet safety rails, disabled handrails, walk-in tubs, and more. Most able bodied people complain about the size of their bathrooms. We excel at looking at the whole space and making recommendations that work. We are a fully licensed general contractor that can tackle both small and large jobs. Please contact us today. We’d love to show you our portfolio of projects and have you talk to some of our smiling clients.
Custom Home Adaptations
The backbone to our business is our custom home remodeling and home renovation services, creatively converting space into accessible space for independent living. We believe in the principles of Universal Design where products and spaces are created to be used equally by all people, not just able ones. A shower stall without a threshold is one example. Everyone, regardless of their height, weight, gender, or ability, can access that shower. This is not the case where one has a threshold.
“Accessable were very easy to work with on the design and project. They came in on budget. The quality of the work was excellent and the people were friendly and also accommodating. All work was done with required permits and inspections. I would use them again.”
“We have used Accessable for the installation of grab bars and a bathtub to shower conversion to make it wheelchair accessible. Owen and Uriel were reliable, knowledgeable, professional and honest throughout the whole process. The shower conversion works well and looks great! I would highly recommend Owen and Accessable if you are struggling to figure out the type of equipment or conversion you need.”
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Stay Active with AssiStep Stair Walker
Use the stairs safely, with the aid of the AssiStep system. Support your ascent and descent on the stairs with a light, compact support bar that is 100% mechanical and slides easily along the rail and locks in place for your security. You can walk the stairs at your own pace, avoiding imbalances or falls.
The AssiStep can be installed on both straight and curved staircases, and the bar can be put away when not in use. We are an authorized installer for the AssiStep system.
As a Co-Op or Condominium
The Board of your association may have met and identified an area that is not accessible or are wondering if areas are and don’t have the expertise to know. Accessable can be that resource to make those assessments. Accessable’s reports have been used by associations and Boards to assess their properties. Several have actually applied for grants through a national organization to conduct such studies to be used for future projects. Lack of proper and safe access can be a large burden and a potential for litigation so getting ahead of the curve can provide your team with the necessary resources.
As a Homeowner
Whether you are considering a downsizing move or trying to anticipate whether your existing home will be able to be easily modified as your mobility declines in future years, we can help. While we usually don’t charge for assessments that result in being able to quote on work, consulting allows us to provide you with our deep and broad experience in adapting homes without any obligation to proceed with the work proposed. We can assess for a single item or the whole house. Usually, we take into consideration entering and exiting the home, then assessing modifications that need to be made throughout in order for you to reasonably, safely, and happily live there. For some, it’s the addition of an elevator to maintain access to the whole house. For others, it’s a basement or main floor modification to use just a part of the home.
“Oh wow Owen that looks fabulous!! Thank you so much for your patience and support for TJ. I’ll call him today and I can’t wait to hear the happiness and relief in his voice! Looking forward to our next project together. Many thanks.”
– Rishma D. (Occupational Therapist)
As a Therapist
Like homeowners, therapists often need the same type of information, but it could be used in different ways. Your client could be someone who has experienced a sudden change in their mobility through an accident or a medical issue. You could be retained by them directly, through their legal representation, or you may be acting on behalf of a insurance company such as Worksafe, ICBC, Blue Cross or other. You need a professional, certified Aging-In-Place consultant to assess the areas in question taking into account the client’s present and future needs. Then recommendations and budget estimates need to be applied to those modifications. Accessable can be your resource for exactly those needs.
Regardless of who is requesting the consulting, you’ll get expert advice to help plan and protect. For simple projects or to determine the feasibility of a larger study, a verbal report may be acceptable. For larger or more detailed studies that could involve funding from an insurance or other organization, the report may need to be more formally written. Enquire with us today to determine how exactly we can support your needs.
“We were in need of a high quality grab-bar installation for all bathrooms in our residence and Owen and his team did not disappoint! Not only did Owen provide us with a top quality product and installation, he was a wealth of information in other ways we can make our residences a safer and more accessible place for our residents. We’ll definitely be working with Owen again in the future and would highly recommend Accessable Home & Property Services for anyone in need of home modifications.”
– Lifemark Residences
Accessibility Construction Management
You’ve designed your renovation or your new home. You’ve hired a builder or contractor to do the work. The designer has incorporated accessible design elements that are vital to your project but you are unsure if the team will execute properly on these elements as construction gets under way. Trust us when we tell you that accessible modifications can become compromised when trades unknowingly do them in the usual way. Imagine how difficult it would be if you specified your light switches to be at 40” and you realized after drywalling that they were placed at 48”. Or if you planned on a level entry to your home only to find that the foundation was poured 6” too high. Fixing these problems can be a nightmare if not impossible regardless of who is to blame.
Accessable Homes can manage these customizations on site as construction is under way. We can also help to identify things that weren’t considered during the design phase. Is there a window placed too high for a view from a wheelchair? While some designers and home builders are getting really good at doing this, more are new to the subject and their trades know little if anything about how to make homes accessible. Our participation in your project is going to allow them to do what they do well and ensure that the end result is what you need. The primary role of a Construction Manager is:
- Specifying project objectives and plans including scope, budgeting, scheduling, setting performance requirements, and selecting project participants
- Maximizing the resource efficiency
- Implementing operations through proper coordination and control of planning, design, estimating, contracting, and construction in the entire process
- Developing communications and mechanisms for decision making and resolving conflicts.
What Our Clients Say
“If you can find a contractor who cares as much about the quality of his work as he does about how his work will enhance your quality of life, you have found Owen Barclay. Besides sticking to his schedule, he listened carefully to my needs and then magically created what I had only dreamt of. Thank you, Owen, your work made my life so much easier by making my bathroom perfect for my accessibility needs.”
– Kay J. from New Westminster, BC