Asked by mobq42, New York, NY • Sun Feb 17, 2013
I am doing a rip & replace of an 11x7 kitchen and accessibility has come up. Our plan is to replace in the same spot â€¦cabinets, fixtures and appliances. We have an Architect & Expediter and they said we need to be ADA compliant and install an â€œadaptable sink cabinetâ€ for front approach /Local Law 58 compliance. I have done research on the subject and have questions: It does not appear to me that an adaptable sink cabinets is required in new construction or renovations, no one I spoke with had one or has installed one. Second, I would argue that that I meet the â€œKitchen Sinks Parallel Approachâ€œ â€¦â€ The Guidelines specify a 30â€x48â€ clear floor space at kitchen sinks. The clear floor space must be parallel to and centered on the kitchen sink. The clear floor space in this parallel and centered orientation allows a person using a wheelchair to make a close side approach, permitting a reach to the faucets, to easily wash dishes or food without excessive twisting in the wheelchair."
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