Accessible Design in Public Housing: NYCHA Staff Training Program

Version 4.0 July 9, 2001

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Edward Steinfeld and Danise Levine, 2001
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Dwelling Units
A galley kitchen with a dead end would not be considered a U-shaped kitchen because there is no counter at the end. The required knee clearances at the counters would allow people who use wheelchairs to turn around with no obstacle.  This is not the case in a U shaped kitchen where the counter edge at the rear end blocks the completion of a K-turn.  
Kitchen clearance
Figure 1

Is the clearance between all opposing cabinet, counter, appliances or walls at least 40 inches except in U-shaped kitchens where the clearance must be 60 inches?

Kitchen clear space
Figure 2

Is there 30 x 48 inches clear space at appliances?

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