Accessible housing

Accessible housing refers to the construction or modification of a home to enable independent living for persons with disabilities. Accessibility is achieved through planning and design, but also by integrating after-market features such as ramps, stairlifts, and handholds.


Flexhousing is a concept that encourages homeowners to make renovations that modify their house over time to meet changing accessibility needs. It supports the goals of enabling homeowners to occupy a dwelling for longer periods of time, perhaps over their entire lifetimes, while adapting to changing circumstances and meeting a wide range of needs.

Features of accessible homes

  • Barrier-free building entrances and routes
  • Doors and halls that accommodate a wheelchair
  • Accessible common and public use areas
  • Switches, outlets, and other controls in accessible locations
  • Hand bars in washrooms
  • Cabinetry designed for wheelchair use

Wheelchair accessible homes for sale

These homes may be fully wheelchair accessible or have flex-use features that encourage independence. Looking for something that you cannot find here? Contact us for a personal consultation.

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For sale $459,900
94 DEAN Avenue Unit# 417, barrie, Ontario

94 Dean Avenue Unit# 417

Barrie, Ontario

1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 891
For sale $849,900
103 EDGEHILL Drive, barrie, Ontario

103 Edgehill Drive

Barrie, Ontario

5 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 2600
For sale $799,900
540 HUGEL Avenue, midland, Ontario

540 Hugel Avenue

Midland, Ontario

5 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1916
Wheelchair accessible homes for sale in Ontario

Comparing accessible, adaptable, and universal design

Accessible design generally refers to buildings that meet the requirements for accesible housing. This design model requires that the entire living space is navigable by wheelchair. Features may include wide doors and halls for wheelchairs, lower countertops, lever-and-loop handles, seating in bathing areas, grab bars in bathrooms, knee spaces under counters and sinks, audible and visual signals, switches and outlets at convenient heights and locations. Most “accessible” features are permanently fixed in place and very apparent.

An adaptable building differs slightly from the definition of accessible. It has all the accessibility features but some may be concealed or omitted until needed. The dwelling can look the same as others and be customized to the individual when needed. Adaptable features are a marketing advantage for owners and occupants as they allow fully accessible dwellings to be closely suited to their users and marketable to anyone.

Universal design is an architectual concept that requires an understanding and consideration of the broad range of human abilities throughout their lifespan. Buildings are designed with insight and purpose to produce humanistic spaces that are usable by most people, regardless of their agent, agility, or physical and sensory abilities. By making this level of accessibility the minimum standard, buildings become safer, easier to navigate, and more efficient for everyone to use. Creative, universal design has been show to be more widely marketable and profitable.

Read our website accessibility policy statement.

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