Why Universal Design?


Universal Design is getting popular for two reasons.

First, it looks nice. People with disabilities don't feel like they are settling for an ugly house. And people who don't have disabilities think that universal homes look and work much better than the old models.

Second, more people want universal housing. This means that the old way of designing homes just doesn't work anymore. We all want more comfort in our homes. Opening doors with arms full of groceries is as difficult at 30 as it is at 70. People live longer than they used to. More of us are living with disabilities.

That's where Universal Design comes in. 



Examples of Universal Designs for the Home

 

Picture of an open kitchen with plenty of space to maneuver


Open Kitchen with Plenty of Space to Maneuver

Lever style faucet picture

Lever Style Faucets

Picture of space on the ground floor that can be used as a bedroom

 

Space on Ground Floor That Can Be Used as a Bedroom

 

Picture of ground floor bathroom with basic access features

Ground Floor Bathroom with Basic Access Features


Picture of lever style door handle

 

Lever Style Door Handles


 


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