Universal design is not just about making a home or community livable for wheelchair users or the elderly. It makes life easier for everyone. It helps people with temporary or long-term disabilities – say from an injured hand, a bad back or arthritis. Creating a community that is safe, easy to access, and adaptable to our changing needs is a primary goal from the very beginning of the design process. It is essential to be pro-active to get the best results and cost savings.
We combine invisible elements of safety, convenience, and comfort Open floor plans and universal design features minimize common barriers, such as changes in flooring elevation, stairs, narrow doors and hallways, fixture placement, and rooms that don’t have ample turning spaces.
These are the recommended design features for safety and comfort:
- Zero-step entry
- Ergonomic kitchen design
- Expanded hallways and doorways
- Oversized/spacious rooms
- Structural provisions to accommodate future ADA needs
- Stylish universal fixtures, hardware, lighting, etc.
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