Comfort is a subjective concept, it’s different for everyone. But what if there was a house that could be comfortable for your life span? Imagine a family with young children living in the same house as seniors or somebody who uses a walker or wheel chair. If you are wondering if such a house is possible the answer is yes! Universal design is becoming more common with home builders, commercial builders, remodelers and home centers.
Some of the elements of Universal Design:
- No steps or stairs to the entrances of the house
- Walkways and driveways that are textured to help prevent slips and falls
- Open Floor plans for easy access to each room, few if any hallways
- Cabinets that aren’t to high or to low, little to no bending and stretching
- Rocker light switches designed for all
- Towel bars that can double as hand rails
- Door knobs that are designed for both little hands and older hands
- Wider doorways that accommodate strollers and wheelchairs
- Appliances and located designed with some common sense
- “Green” environmentally friendly details
- Sustainable ideas to help keep the house low maintenance and low cost
- International Building Code
The features and benefits of Universal Design could help make you more comfortable in your own home. They are visually appealing and don’t look like additions.They may also allow you to stay in your home for your entire life.Universal Design is meant to be flexible for all who live there. Every situation is different what may work for you may not work for another. But if you are thinking about having a new home built or your current house remodeled ask your contractor about making some changes that will accommodate you and help you stay comfortable in your house for a long time.
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