Universal Design Features
How to Incorporate Universal Design Features into Your Home
There are many reasons to make your home more accessible. Perhaps you
have a family member that uses a wheelchair, or elderly parents who
Maybe you just want to make your home work for everyone.
Because of universal design, people who are very different can all enjoy the same home. And that home will be there for all its inhabitants even when their needs change.
Here are some of the more common universal design features:
No-step entry. No one needs to use stairs to get into a
universal home or into the home's main rooms. A no step entry can
easily and relatively inexpensively be incorporated into any entrance
to the home, as long as it is planned for in the design stage of the
Thresholds that are flush with the floor make it easy for a wheelchair to get through a doorway. They also keep others from tripping.
Wide doorways, wide hallways and extra floor space.
Doorways that are 32-36 inches wide let wheelchairs pass through. They also make it easy to move big things in and out of the house.
Hallways should be 36-42 inches wide. That way, everyone and everything moves more easily from room to room.
Everyone feel less cramped. And people who use wheelchairs have more space to turn.
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