Universal Design

By: Danny Lipford
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Universal design is often perceived as modifications that are intended just for the elderly or disabled, but really it’s much more than that. It involves considerate planning that enhances a home’s livability and value by making it more comfortable and accessible to everyone.

Making clear and even walkways for those with walkers or wheelchairs is also an advantage for those that don’t need them. Making doorways at least 36″ wide, lowering light switches, and raising outlets makes life easier for everyone as well.

Kitchens and baths require special attention, like lowered counters, pullout shelves, lever type faucets, and roll in showers and tubs. But again, these things are easy to accomplish, and they work just as well for an able bodied person as they do for someone with limitations.



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