You don’t have to be old or disabled to appreciate universal design. Done right, it makes life easier for everyone and without losing points for looks.
Whatever motivates you to remodel, never miss an opportunity to incorporate universal design principles. Don’t wait until you have had an accident or take in an elderly parent. Homes designed with accessibility, safety and convenience in mind are in high demand and the trend is only going to increase. Click below to see what Elaine had to say about her new accessible kitchen. Or read what the Star Tribune wrote about the project in its Home section on October 26, 2014.
My Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS) training encourages me to ask, “Why not and what else?” Here are some of my favorite universal design features:
Favorite Universal Design Features
- Install more and brighter lights but put them on dimmers. At 60, the average person needs three times more light to see as when he or she was 20.
- Specify levered door handles and plumbing controls rather than round knobs for grasp-free or hands-full operation.
- Incorporate a curb-free pan, a seat and an adjustable handshower in the shower.
- Install wider doors or offset hinges to accommodate wheelchairs
- Incorporate multi-level countertops to accommodate
- Install a touch faucet in the kitchen or bath
- Avoid lower cabinet hardware and appliance handles that catch on clothing
- Install plywood blocking behind bathroom walls to accommodate stylish grab bars that match plumbing fixture accessories.