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The Wounded Warrior Home Project

Merillat joins forces to set a new standard in accessible design

 

Photo Credits: Wounded Warrior Home Project

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Getting Back to Life as Usual

For wounded soldiers returning home, one of the most difficult things is getting back to life as usual-especially when an injury means adjusting to a new "normal" in which the basic activities of everyday living present constant challenges.

Merillat joined forces with the Wounded Warrior Home Project to address these challenges and set the new standard in accessible living through the construction of two concept homes using the latest universal design principles at the Fort Belvoir Army base in Virginia. The rooms in the homes were deliberately designed to make life more comfortable and functional for returning military service members and their families who are dealing with debilitating injuries and accessibility challenges. From concept to installation, Merillat worked closely with the design team to guide the cabinetry selection for the homes and to demonstrate the role cabinetry can play in making home life easier.

 

Some of the solutions incorporated include:

  • Custom removable base cabinets on caster wheels that can be easily removed to accommodate wheelchair access beneath countertops and sinks.
  • Adjustable-height countertop surfaces moved with an automatic lift.
  • Large cabinet drawer and door handles that are ergonomically friendly and easier to grasp.
  • In-drawer cutting board kits and roll-out trays to help keep must-have items within reach.
  • Raised appliance cabinets that help reduce the need for bending and heavy lifting.
  • Pull-out and roll-out drawers and shelves that make the most of storage space without the need to reach too far.
  • Raised cabinetry with deep toe kicks that provide easy wheelchair access to cabinets and countertops.

 

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Photo Credits: Jim Kirby

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The kitchen in the Patriot Home provides space to move and has removable base cabinets to allow easy access to appliances.

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The master ADA-compliant bathroom has plenty of built-in storage, a fully accessible shower, and dual sinks with removable base cabinets for wheelchairs.

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Pull-out drawers and shelves keep stored items close at hand and reduce the need to bend and reach.

 

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Creating Accessibility for All

Merillat is all about making life in the kitchen and bath easier and these spaces received much consideration when planning the Wounded Warrior Home Project. The Merillat cabinets used in these spaces provide ease-of-use and accessibility without sacrificing style or storage. To learn more about the Wounded Warrior Home Project and explore the design features, visit woundedwarriorhome.org


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