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Universal Design: Creating the Perfect Fit for a Lifetime

Will your dream home stand the test of time?

I often hear from homeowners who have been in their homes for years and have always intended to stay… until issues of aging compromised their mobility or otherwise challenged their ability to remain at home.

The good news is, in most cases, basic updates to the structure and design can allow a homeowner to stay comfortably at home for most if not all of the stages of life.

Universal Design refers to the use of products and structural modifications to make a space more accessible and safer to those who are challenged by the limitations of illness, aging or injury.

As Baby Boomers started reaching retirement age, awareness of the necessity of Universal Design became clear. Taking Universal Design into account when modifying or remodeling an existing space can reduce or even completely eliminate the need for later or emergency updates.

Great design is no accident.

Here are some examples of Universal Design adaptations s that can really make a difference for people, young or old, who struggle with mobility issues:

Kitchen

  • Large appliances can be built into cabinets and drawer spaces for easier access
  • Lower countertops make food preparation easier
  • Induction cook tops don’t use open flames and are not hot to the touch
  • Add extra space under countertops near cooking and food preparation spaces for roll-under seated access.
  • Hands-free or touch activated faucets

Bathroom

  • Roll-in showers that allow for easy access
  • Grab bars in shower or next to toilet
  • Ledge seat in bathtub
  • Night lighting
  • Flip-seat design in the shower
  • Touch-activation shower or faucet heads

When considering which modifications and adaptations will best serve your long term independence, our Aging in Place Checklist may help.

As always, I invite you to contact me to discuss any aspect of your design or building process.

Until next time,
Jim

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