Adaptive Designs and Construction
An adapted home can help someone confined to a wheelchair feel more self reliant and self confident. It allows them to do many things for themselves that they would otherwise need to have someone else help them with.
The Department of Veteran Affairs offers Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grants to veterans or service members who meet qualification standards. SAH grants help Veterans with certain service-connected disabilities live independently in a barrier-free environment.
McKee Homes is one of the few home builders in North Carolina that is experienced with the SAH guidelines, processes, and additional inspections and will meet the necessary requirements with our adaptive floor plans and new home construction.
"I had to have a handicap accessible home and they (McKee Homes) came through for me and were able to get everything up to standard! I am totally satisfied and I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart."
One of the main aspects of adaptive design is making sure that someone in a wheelchair can navigate entrances, doorways, hallways, and living spaces with plenty of room to maneuver and turn around. Counter tops, light switches, and wall outlets need to be at the correct height so they can be easily reached by someone in a wheelchair. This is especially important when it comes to bathroom facilities such as toilets, sinks and showers.
The best adaptive housing floor plans are single-story homes with no stairs and easy access to the house from the garage. The entrance to the home should be covered and have plenty of room to open the door. McKee Homes offers over a dozen single-story floor plans which can be easily adapted to meet the specific requirements of wounded veterans, aging retirees, or other physically disabled people. We also have a community named The Cottages at North Ramsey in Fayetteville, NC, close to Fort Bragg, that has all exterior home and yard maintenance taken care of by the homeowners association.
McKee Homes has worked with many disabled veterans and even adapted some of our two-story homes for those with specific needs. We are happy to discuss the customization of almost any of our floor plans to meet the needs of anyone who is physically disabled to make sure their new home feels like home and help them feel comfortable and self reliant.
McKee Homes recently built a new specially adapted home for SGT (Ret) Jonathan Rivenbark, an army veteran who was disabled while serving in Afghanistan. The 2,300 sq. ft. home featured wider door openings and hallways, lower counters in the kitchen and bathrooms, zero-threshold entries at showers and exterior doors, and a sidewalk surrounding the home to better accommodate SGT (Ret) Rivenbark’s disabilities and his wheelchair. McKee Homes had previously built three adaptive homes for military veterans.
The photo above shows the view from the back porch. There are no steps from the doorway to the porch or from the porch to the sidewalk which goes around the entire home .
The photo below shows some of the special adapted features that allow wheelchair access to the shower, toilet, and vanity in the master bath.