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Home Remodeling for Universal Needs

  • Synopsis: Published: 2009-02-10 - Designing open spaces and wide home entryways give access to wheelchairs and help prevent injuries using universal design ideas - Renee Rutledge.

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Universally designed homes should look and feel like home, without sacrifice to personal taste and style. That's why universal design has so much appeal. This branch of remodeling, about creating homes that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy, is one of the fastest growing in the residential remodeling industry.

Universally designed homes should look and feel like home, without sacrifice to personal taste and style. Learn more about the latest trends in home remodeling using universal design.

That's why universal design has so much appeal. This branch of remodeling, about creating homes that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy, is one of the fastest growing in the residential remodeling industry. Here are some reasons why:

It appeals to baby boomers, the millions in the U.S. nearing retirement age, who want comfortable homes that incorporate modifications for the aging-in-place.

Disabled or older homeowners want to remain safe and independent at home, and universal design helps them maintain their lifestyle of choice.

In the stagnant real estate market, more homeowners are choosing to keep their homes rather than selling and buying anew. Their substitute? Remodeling towards greater comfort.

Universal design can be incorporated without sacrifice to style.

Universal design is practical for growing families and empty nester's alike. Abilities and needs are diverse, and this school of remodeling takes this into consideration.

What are some examples, you might ask. Here are a few:

Open spaces and wide entryways give access to wheelchairs and help prevent injuries.

In the kitchen, lower workstations provide access to a chair.

In the kitchen, adjustable counter-tops give access to workspace and storage.

Easy-to-reach storage can easily be implemented in the kitchen through helpful tools like Lazy Susan's and lowered shelving.

In the bathroom, safety features such as grab bars, hand rails, and shower seats are common.Don't get the wrong idea.

Universally designed homes should look and feel like home, without sacrifice to personal taste and style.

Choose beautiful Bay windows with lower sills, adorn your wide entryway with decorative scrolls or fretwork, and make sure those lowered light switches turn on spectacular lighting. Even a safe bathroom can have the appeal of an at-home spa.



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