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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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Pull-Down Shelves

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

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  • As handsome as it is practical, this waterproof, teak-and-chrome seat ($199) adds convenience and safety to your shower, and folds up against the wall when not in use. The seat can support 220 pounds, but it must be anchored to solid wood backing that’s installed in the framing behind the tile.

     

    Image: B. Havens

  • 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

  • Flanked by low landscaping walls that disguise the incline, a long ramp paved with natural stone provides a stepless transition from a driveway all the way to the front door. This popular accessibility feature makes it easy and safe for anyone — especially those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility — to enter the house. ADA guidelines say access ramps should have an incline of no more than 1 inch of rise for every 12 inches of length.

     

    Image: Wrap Architecture

  • 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
  • No-Step Entry
  • Accessible Cooktop
  • Pull-Down Shelves
  • Natural Light
  • Front-Loading Washer and Dryer
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A fold-down shower seat in a bathroom Easy-access bathtub Curbless shower A wheelchair ramp connected to the front entrance of a house Accessible cabinets Pull-down shelves are part of universal design Natural light from a skylight is part of Universal Design Front-loading washer and dryer
  • A fold-down shower seat in a bathroom
  • Easy-access bathtub
  • Curbless shower
  • A wheelchair ramp connected to the front entrance of a house
  • Accessible cabinets
  • Pull-down shelves are part of universal design
  • Natural light from a skylight is part of Universal Design
  • Front-loading washer and dryer