Conquering Larsen Syndrome With An Accessible Kitchen

See Emily discussing the challenges of and overcoming her spinal condition in the video below.

After meeting a family affected by Larsen syndrome who expressed a desire for a new kitchen, we learned that a member of the family was wheelchair-bound but had a passion for cooking. As we gained a solid idea of what they were looking for in cabinetry, countertops, appliances, and all the other accessories that would enhance the space, we offered our suggestions and put our plans in motion. The kitchen project would not only be aesthetically pleasing and highly functional, it would also provide for safety and universally accessible throughout.

All the new features added up to making the family extremely happy. Where once it was inconvenient for anyone in a wheelchair to reach appliances, cooktop and counters because they were too high, now every newly installed item was easy to access and there was free range of motion in the kitchen.

Universal Design Kitchen – CAD Proposal of New Kitchen Remodel

The previous kitchen made it impossible to reach into drawers or countertops, find kitchen tools, or remove food from the refrigerator/freezer. Since the completion of the renovation, the family has donned their chefs’ hats many times, and is overjoyed to be cooking together.

Using the new drawers is easy when you can roll right up to them.

Emily, a 19 year-old college student, is thrilled to be spending quality family time with her parents in the kitchen. While a good part of the kitchen design concentrated on meeting her needs, her mother, Ellen, points out that while the new kitchen facilitates Emily, it also helps her out tremendously, as well.

Emily is thrilled to be using their accessible kitchen. Although it’s been nearly a year since it was installed, she explains that it is still new and exciting each time the family works together in the kitchen.

Since the renovation was completed, my own abilities have diminished somewhat and recent bouts with a painful foot condition and acute tendonitis made me thankful that our kitchen is so chair-friendly”, says Ellen. “Even better is that we didn’t have to sacrifice beauty and style for function. Vita and Jerry made sure our kitchen was the most attractive and inviting room of our home.

Utilizing Universal Design standards, we designed a kitchen with quality products and special features that took into consideration the structure and environment that would make our clients feel comfortable, regardless of age, ability or situation.

We enhanced the space by creating a separate accessible section with no barriers between the sink, cooktop, and storage areas. Wheelchair accessible toekicks and a lower-placed wall oven, as well as an induction cooktop, were installed with safety features to prevent injuries. Cabinetry and countertops are steel reinforced and provide five feet of clear space for unobstructed wheelchair access.

Cabinetry and countertops were also installed at a lower height for convenient access. Additional easily-accessible electrical receptacles and switches were placed below the countertops.

New Cooking Skills in A Newly Accessible Kitchen – “I’m so happy to have a place where I can spend quality time with my mother when I come home from college. With her guidance, I’m improving my cooking skills and making food the whole family can enjoy”, says Emily.

DJ’s Home Improvements received a 2012 CotY Regional award as a “Universal Design Project Recognition” from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry for the above-mentioned kitchen renovation using Universal Design principles.

Emily discusses the challenges of and overcoming her spinal condition

* DJ’s Home Improvements is an award winning design and build remodeling company. Vita and Jerry have been staples of the Franklin Square community for 30 years. As homeowners and business owners for over 21 years in Franklin Square, we are also members of the Franklin Square Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, Sons of Italy, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, plus the National Kitchen and Bath Association and awarded Big50 in Remodeling. In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 we have received the Contractor of the Year awards.

If you are interested in having us design and build your home remodel project please call us at #516-775-8696.

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DJ’s Home Repairs & Improvements, Inc.
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Teamwork is the Key to Our Success

Whether we’re at home relaxing (which is not very often) or busy working on a new renovation project, you will find us together most of the time, which is unusual for a husband and wife team who have been married for the last 36 years. Our marriage has grown and changed through the years, and has been cemented by the blessings that children and extended family bring, as well as another bond we share.

We are the proud owners of DJ’s Home Improvements, which opened in 1990, and like our marriage, is still going strong. Prior to opening the business, I was in the computer processing and technology industry and Vita was a representative with Citibank, as well as a mother to two young boys, which as all mothers know, is the toughest job of all. Both of the boys, Anthony, 30, and Matthew, 28, are involved in the business today.

Our greatest sense of accomplishment is seeing our sons grow up with the business and learning each and every facet of it, from procuring materials to satisfying each of our clients – it has truly made them self-sufficient human beings and sons to whom we are extremely proud.

When we launched our business 22 years ago, we worked out of our home, and it was truly a labor of love. Over the years, relationships have been built that continue to the present day. As these relationships grew, so did our business. What made us stand out from similar businesses? It is our integrity, dependability, conscientiousness, and a desire to build solid associations with our clients.

Five years ago, we opened our office at 55 New Hyde Park Road in Franklin Square. Certified as designers and remodelers, we continue to educate ourselves on what’s new in the industry to keep our clients up-to-date on the latest trends in home renovations.

As we continue to provide the professionalism and quality that our clients have grown to depend on, the future looks promising. DJ’s Home Improvements’ future plans include expanding our office facilities, opening a new showroom to provide our clients with more hands-on product selections, as well as introducing our own cabinet line. With our photorealistic drawings, created prior to the start of all projects, we “show you the future” so you can visualize exactly how your renovation will look.

It is always our goal to provide our clients with a home they will love and enjoy for years to come. To that end, we have developed more new ideas that give clients home renovations that are not only energy efficient and beautiful to look upon, but also comfortable as they age along with their homes.

* DJ’s Home Improvements is an award winning design and build remodeling company. Vita and Jerry have been staples of the Franklin Square community for 30 years. As homeowners and business owners for over 21 years in Franklin Square, we are also members of the Franklin Square Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, Sons of Italy, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, plus the National Kitchen and Bath Association and awarded Big50 in Remodeling. In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 we have received the Contractor of the Year awards.

If you are interested in having us design and build your home remodel project please call us at #516-775-8696.

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DJ’s Home Repairs & Improvements, Inc.
Nassau Lic. #H18C4240000 – Suffolk Lic. # 46377-H

See It Before You Build It

We are a design-build remodeling company. Kitchen and bath drawings bring your project to life with our photorealistic drawings. We see it all the time on HGTV and other television programs showcasing remodeling and interior design projects. It’s not a new technology, but many improvements have been made since its arrival. We can do so much more with rendering software these days. More importantly, we can bring it to you.

Award-winning Kitchen Design, Photorealistic

Kitchen Remodel by DJ's Home Improvements, Completed as Proposed

We can also create design renderings of your addition project, dormer, extension, basement, deck, custom interiors and upgrades, etc. Take the guess work and any doubts out by letting us present you with our ideas and design on paper.

Award-winning Basement Design

Basement, Completed as Proposed

We collaborate with you, the homeowner, to bring your project to life even before the remodeling begins. You can be rest-assured of the results. Designs and ideas can be conveyed through photorealistic drawings and even video walk-throughs of your new space.

Check out our new web page “What You See Is What You Get” where you’ll find our extensive showcase of some great examples of successfully completed work through careful planning and design. Keep checking in or subscribe to our updates for new drawings and completed project photos.

If you are interested in having us design and build your home remodel project please call us at #516-775-8696.

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DJ’s Home Repairs & Improvements, Inc.
Nassau Lic. #H18C4240000 – Suffolk Lic. # 46377-H