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Universal Design 31 Ideabooks

While your family may not require any changes to your home right now, consider those visiting your home. Perhaps you have friends, parents, grandparents or other visitors with mobility devices. Including the following three accessibility features will make your home easier for them...
Optimal Space Planning for Universal Design in the Kitchen
If the kitchen is the heart of the home, shouldn't everyone be able to use it? With extra thought, the kitchen can accommodate all — from little ones baking their first batch of cookies to baby boomers beginning to deal with joint issues, to those already...
How to Design an Accessible Shower
When designing a shower for someone in his or her golden years, remember that this person may have poor vision, balance or mobility. A caregiver or spouse may need room to help with the bathing process, so a shower space should be generously sized and...
Kitchen Cabinet Fittings With Universal Design in Mind
Beautiful kitchens abound — but beauty, as they say, is only skin deep. If the bones of the kitchen do not function properly, the time spent there will soon become annoying. Beautiful is...
Home Elevators: A Rising Trend
One of the nicest things my grandfather did for my grandmother was to have a home elevator installed. They lived in a two-story home with the main living area and bedrooms on the upper floor. My grandmother had become frail enough that getting upstairs...
How to Add an Indoor or Outdoor Ramp
If you or someone in your household is in a wheelchair, ramps are a must for navigating between the levels of your home, both indoors and out. That doesn’t mean they need to be purely utilitarian, though. By...
My Houzz: A Master’s Design Goes Green and Universal
In 1997 Life magazine invited Hugh Newell Jacobsen and five other well-known architects to design residences for a dream-house series it was publishing. The plans were sold...
My Houzz: Accessibility With Personality in an 1870 Home
Laurie and Bruce Rabe were charmed by the double doors, plaster molding and gorgeous gardens of this 1870 New England home. As with most old structures, however, this onetime boarding house needed a lot of work. And it also needed to be made accessible...
Small Luxuries: Motorized Window Coverings Offer Benefits to All
Motorized blinds and draperies were thought of as an indulgence available only to the elite several years ago. But today's hardware, technology and pricing have made this onetime luxury easily available to the general public. Motorized blinds, shades...
My Houzz: Universal Design Helps an 8-Year-Old Feel at Home
Building a new home in a kid-friendly neighborhood wasn't the only priority for Julie Brocklehurst and Andrew Boland. In fact, their entire house had to be custom kid friendly. With their 8-year-old son, Brennen, in a wheelchair, they needed to design...
Universal Bath Design: Light Your Bathroom for All Ages and Abilities
Bathroom remodels have been taking off in the past few years — today the bathroom's design is just as important as the kitchen's, making bathrooms with a universal appeal in design and aesthetics more in demand than ever. And that includes lighting....
9 Outdoor Lighting Schemes That Get Universal Design Right
Exterior lighting is just as important as an interior lighting design. Universally designed exterior lighting ensures a smooth transition between indoors and out when the evening rolls in. Well-executed exterior lighting design also makes all the...
Houzz Tour: Accessibility Meets Contemporary on an Austin Hilltop
Universal design's purpose is simple: to create a home that anyone can live in comfortably. Often that translates into mental images of ramps and stair lifts awkwardly installed...
Design Safer Stairs and Halls With Universal Lighting Strategies
On any remodel or new build, special consideration should be given to lighting hallways and stairs. Navigating stairs can be a challenge for people of all ages, for different reasons. Poor or diminishing eyesight afflicts some of us later in life, for...
Universal Lighting Design Strategies for 4 Key Home Areas
Lighting can create drama by accentuating dark areas and creating bright focal points, but as we age, we require more uniform and balanced lighting levels. All rooms — and ages — can benefit from this simple lighting approach: up,...
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