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Universal Design Combines Beauty and Function

These great-looking and smartly designed features are sensible additions for anyone who puts a priority on safety and ease of everyday use.

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Easy-Access Bathtub

With its wide, flat outer lip, this cleverly designed bathtub makes getting in and out a snap for all ages. Just sit on the supporting lip and swing your legs inside—no standing necessary!

 

Image: Eskaton’s Livable Design National Demonstration Home

Image: Eskaton’s Livable Design National Demonstration Home
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  • This space-saving hallway or bathroom chair stores in an upright position when not in use, and easily flips down to provide a comfy seat for changing shoes or slipping out of socks.

     

    Image: Kohler / AgingBeautifully.org

  • With its wide, flat outer lip, this cleverly designed bathtub makes getting in and out a snap for all ages. Just sit on the supporting lip and swing your legs inside—no standing necessary!

     

    Image: Eskaton’s Livable Design National Demonstration Home

  • This shower stall has it all: a curbless design with anti-slip tile for easy entry, a convenient bench, a hand-held shower spray, and a stylish grab bar.

     

    Image: Eskaton’s Livable Design National Demonstration Home

  • A flick of a hidden catch mechanism and this plush set of stairs slides out of the way to accommodate a platform lift for negotiating changing floor levels. For those using the stairs, a built-in row of LCD bulbs sheds light on the stair tread.

     

    Image: Kohler / AgingBeautifully.org

  • Slide-away kitchen cabinet doors open to reveal generous, barrier-free space with room for a wheelchair or other mobility device. A slim-profile electric cooktop and an at-the-ready pot-filler faucet make it easy to whip up a pot of pasta and other goodies in this easy-access kitchen.

     

    Image: Eskaton’s Livable Design National Demonstration Home

  • Smooth-operating, weight-supporting hinges deliver cabinet contents right to those with limited reach or restricted mobility. The support system is adjustable to accommodate varying weights.


    Image: Hafele America

  • Skylights and roof windows are terrific ways to provide the extra daylight needed as we age. Not only do skylights provide welcome illumination and a sense of volume, they are excellent mood-elevators as well.

     

    Image: Wasco Products

  • This matching, front-loader washer and dryer make it easy to reach inside to add or remove clothes and conform to the design standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Adding pedestal shelf units raises the machines to make doors even more accessible.

     

    Image: GE

  • If you like these, you may want to take a spin through HouseLogic’s library of slideshows.

     

  • Space-Saving Fold-Down Seat
  • Easy-Access Bathtub
  • Curbless Shower
  • Convertible Stairs
  • Accessible Cooktop
  • Pull-Down Shelves
  • Natural Light
  • Front-Loading Washer and Dryer
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  • Image: Kohler / AgingBeautifully.org/ranch
  • Image: Eskaton’s Livable Design National Demonstration Home
  • Image: Eskaton’s Livable Design National Demonstration Home
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  • Image: Eskaton’s Livable Design National Demonstration Home
  • Image: Hafele America
  • Image: Wasco Products / http://www.wascoskylights.com/residential/
  • Image: GE / http://www.geappliances.com/design_center/ada_compliant/ada_compliant_washers_dryers.htm