Taller Toe Kick a must for accessible kitchen?
My husband and I are designing our dream home. We want this to be our 'forever' home, and would prefer to 'design it once, leave it forever'. We are generally traditionalists in style, and (barring severe damage due to heavy use, water damage etc), hope to never replace our kitchen once it is built.
We are mid-30s in age, so the kitchen would have a long life ahead of it.
However, we want to build for 'accessible design'. One of the main tenants of AD is the higher toe-kick, which reduces storage space.
- I have a lot of kitchen items
- I would prefer to NOT have a separate pantry
- if going through a 'big' cabinet company, more styles of cabinets are available if I go with the standard toe kick.
- The current trend is to move to mostly drawers, as opposed to the old 2-shelf cupboards.
- I am planning for a 6ft empty space in the middle of our square kitchen, so there would be room for a side approach with a wheelchair.
Given the above - would using standard cabinets (with a lower toekick) be something we regret in our later years, when we are in a wheelchair?
Thanks for any/all comments!
(fyi cross posted to kitchen forum for alternate opinions)