A Universal Home
A home accessible by all...elderly loved ones and the children, handicapped, athletic and everyone in between. A home that is beautiful and comfortable.

What is Universal Design?

Think of a suitcase on wheels. The suitcase served it's purpose before the wheels were incorporated into it's design. However, the addition of wheels has made usage of the suitcase much easier for all consumers; from a kindergartner on her first day of school to a mom headed to the airport for a much deserved weekend getaway. Universal Design does this to your home, except without the wheels.   

How Does Universal Design Effect the Value of my Home?

Years ago the universal design options for a home were institutional and repulsive. Unless an urgent need was present, homeowners would steer clear of the early designs. However, the universal home of today no longer resembles a hospital, it is very appealing. Public interest in universal design has become widespread, encouraging today's manufacturers to provide innovative, attractive designs for residential use. And the desire for a home with universal design is found in all generations of home buyers. From the young family that appreciates the open and well-planned living space, to the "baby boomers" who are looking for a home that they can continue to live in independently even if health and mobility issues arise in the future. The Universal home is a valuable asset to any client.   

What Does Universal Design Entail?

The family dynamics of today's society are changing. Life expectancy continues to increase, as does the cost of care and housing. More elderly are moving in with younger family members or remaining in their homes today than in the past. In universal design a home is designed to accommodate each member of our family as well as any guest, at the present and for years to come. It is a good way to accommodate the multi-generational family and a smart way to prepare the home for the future needs of residents, loved ones and welcome visitors. Universal design entails the following:

EQUITABLE USE- Safety, privacy and security is equally available and appealing for all users

FLEXIBILITY- The design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.

SIMPLE & INTUITIVE USAGE- The Home product is easy to understand regardless of expertise, knowledge and concentration level.

TOLERANCE FOR ERROR- Hazards and user mistakes are minimized through quality-design.

LOW PHYSICAL EFFORT- Provides for efficient and comfortable usage with minimal fatigue.

APPROPRIATE FLOOR PLAN LAYOUT- A suitable amount of size and space is provided for approach, use and manipulation, regardless of users size and ability.   

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