COMMUNITY FORUM

dhoustoun

09:05AM | 01/23/05
Member Since: 12/12/04
3 lifetime posts
Bvdecor
We are planning on renovating our 3 bedroom 2 bathroom NYC apartment in an elevator building. It currently has (2) non accessible bathrooms, one being off the Master Bedroom and the other being in the hallway (available to all bedrooms and guests). Do both of these bathrooms need to be ADA accessible, or can we just make the hallway bathroom ADA accessible? The ADA code does not specificaly address this...any input would be greatful.

bravey

09:57AM | 01/23/05
Member Since: 06/23/04
161 lifetime posts
The ADA does not required and individual to make their residence accessible. You may do so if you desire. On the other hand, an apartment building owner is required to provide a certain number of accessible units within his complex.

An accessible apartment may or may not have greater market value. For instance, children have difficulty using handicapped toilets because they are 18" to 20" high. Many people are not comfortable with handicapped counters which are 2" shorter than standard counters (dishwashers will not fit under them). Conversly, if you are handicapped, using a nonaccessible bathroom is a nightmare. An accessible bathroom can require as much as 300% more floor space than a standard bathroom. I if you rent or sell the apartment as "ADA accessible" you may be liable for bringing the entire apartment into full ADA compliance. Lastly, check with your local building official, NYC has wierd regulations that you won't find anywhere else.

Regards


dhoustoun

04:38AM | 01/24/05
Member Since: 12/12/04
3 lifetime posts
Thanks for the info...you are correct on both accounts. 1)Outside of New York City I do not have to build/renovate my residence according to the ADA guidelines, and 2) NYC has different regulations.

According to NYC building code (Local Law 58), renovated apartments in elevator buildings have to be brought up to ADA code. This means that you must provide accessible bathroom space. I should have been more specific in my question. What I am looking for is whether or not (1) accessible bathroom, which is available to all apartment occupants via an accessible hallway, would suffice for the ADA code. Since money and space are tight, we would rather only have to provide one. Could I say that in providing one accessible bathroom, I have fulfilled my obligation to provide equal access to toilet facilities for the disabled.
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

With nothing more than a saw and some plywood, you can create your own Christmas tree cutout forest. Give the "tree" a coa... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR carpet tiles are a simple and affordable way to customize a floor covering for any space. You can make anything from ... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... The vibrant green of Granny Smith apples make a beautifully natural alternative to the traditional evergreen wreath. Brigh...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon