Can You Spot Universal Design Features in These Pictures?
Ageless design — sometimes called universal design — makes homes smarter, safer, and a joy to live with every day. Unfortunately, home owners often shy away from selecting these common–sense materials and features because they’re associated with nursing homes and people with limited mobility. But today’s ageless design is made for everyone, at all stages of life. Best of all? These practical, clever principles are virtually invisible. Can you spot the ageless design in these photos?
Can You Spot Universal Design Features in These Pictures?Clear Sailing
1) An extra-wide interior hallway and passage doorway ensure safe entry and egress from the master bedroom.
2) Smooth, hard-surface wood floors make it easy to use a mobility aid; eliminating rugs removes a tripping hazard.
3) In addition, the communications system by the side of the bed controls lights, window treatments, and a flat-panel TV hidden in the ceiling; that’s plenty of comfort without having to get in and out of bed.
Can You Spot Universal Design Features in These Pictures?An Idea that Grows on You
1) At just the right height for all ages, a built-in planter box lets everyone pick, tend, and enjoy potted plants and fresh herbs, right in the kitchen. The bay window planter was part of an overall kitchen remodeling project.
2) Pull-out drawers make everything in lower cabinets accessible.
Can You Spot Universal Design Features in These Pictures?Handy Ideas
1) That handy dog leash hanger by the front door is actually an unobtrusive, 10-inch grab bar ($100-$150). Use it to steady yourself while taking off your shoes or setting down your purse.
2) Rocker wall switches make turning lights on and off a snap — you can operate a rocker switch with a palm or even an elbow when you’re loaded with grocery bags. For even more convenience, install motion-sensor lighting that goes on when it detects movement.
3) Lever-style door hardware is easier to use than knob-style hardware.
Can You Spot Universal Design Features in These Pictures?A Thoughtful Approach
1) The approach to this front door places an emphasis on safety and convenience. There are no stairs, and the long walkway is designed to ADA standards, meaning it rises a maximum of 1 foot for every 12 feet of length.
2) A non-slip texture on the walkway ensures against falls. A change in texture signals the porch enclosure.