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Wider Doors and Hallways

Wider Doors and Hallways

Some homeowners inquire about these features because a family member needs wheelchair accessibility. Some are buying their retirement home and want to include some Universal Design features, like wider doorways that will be able to accommodate a scooter or wheelchair in the years ahead should it ever be needed, and some are just looking at higher resale marketability. Aging in Place will help you assess your needs and come up with innovative and practical solutions.

Minimum Hallway and Doorway Width Requirements for Accessible Homes

Both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements and Specially Adapted Housing Minimum Property Requirements specify a minimum hallway width of 48″, with a minimum doorway width of 36″.
Standard doorways in a new home are usually either 28″, 30″ or 32″ wide, and according to the International Residential Code, the minimum width of a hallway is 36″.

How wide should the doorways and hallways be in your home?

The width you need depends on the kind of access you’re looking for.

Many mobility scooters are as narrow as 21″.

 New Home Options for Doorway Widths and Accessibility:

If you simply want wider doorways, but are not as concerned about having a 48″ wide hallway, there may be some options that don’t require significant structural changes.

And it’s MUCH less expensive to plan for wider doorways before construction starts than to try to retrofit hallways and doorways later.

However, if you are planning to build with a Specially Adapted Housing Grant for Veterans, you are required to include 48″ hallways.   Also, there must be enough space to “allow for maneuverability through the hall and into all rooms, including bedrooms, bathrooms, and ingress/egress routes”.

For your existing home, Aging in Place may merely need to widen some doorways, and pocket doors may be useful to you when a swinging door just won’t work. More extensive remodels may eliminate hallways and doorways altogether, and bring your home to a more modern “open” design. Please contact us, regarding how we can help you.