Building a Universal Design Home

Lately we have been seeing an increase in the universal design home trend. A universally designed home is one that includes products and an environment that can be used by anyone in any stage of life, regardless of their age, size, or ability. Although universally designed homes are largely the same as any home layout, they can offer certain design elements and room versatility that grow with you and your family.

If this may seem like a design you are interested in incorporating into your new home or remodel, you may want to consider taking a closer look into some of the most popular universal design elements.

The biggest feature in a universally designed home is extra floor space throughout. This can be accomplished by widening hallways, doorways, or any high-traffic areas. Within these spaces, it is important to including non-slip flooring like cork or carpet, as well as flush thresholds to allow for barrier-free entry into any room.

Small details that can be worked into any home could be as simple as installing lever door handles and faucet handles, rocker light switches, and adequate lighting. You may also want to look into adding certain features into the kitchen area such as pull out cabinet storage and a raised dishwasher to eliminate strain, lowering the microwave, including a wall oven, or varying the countertop height so everyone can have access to a place to work.

If you are looking to build a universally designed home or would like to incorporate any of these features into your home, please feel free to contact one of our design specialists to discuss what will work best for you and your family by filling out our online contact form, or calling (616) 842-2248.