Universal Design Home Kitchen and Bath Features
What's in a Universal Design Home?
A Universal Design home is focused on ease of use and flexibility - for homeowners of any age, status, and abiltiy - for safety and comfort in a home that does not sacrifice visual appeal.
Universal Design features can be described in the two most used rooms of the home: the kitchen and bathroom.
Universal Design Kitchens
Universal Design kitchens can include features like:
- Induction cooktops - there are no open flames to worry about.
- Empty space under (or lower placement of) countertops, sink, or cooking areas - allows for seated (or wheelchair) access.
- Adjustable-height countertops - provides more flexibility for various kitchen users.
- Roll-out shelves or drawers - allows visibility and easy reach.
- Pull-out counter underneath a built-in wall oven - allows easier transfer of hot items.
- Hands-free, single lever, or pull-out spray faucets - each gives more flexibility to the user with little arm strength.
- Pulls (rather than knobs) on cabinets
Universal Design Bathrooms
Universal Design bathrooms can include features like:
- "Zero-threshold" shower bases - the shower entrance is flush with the bathroom floor, allowing for wheelchairs and generally easier access.
- Textured flooring - preventing against slips on slick, wet surfaces
- Grab bars - manufacturers now offer coordinating grab bars, faucets and shower fixtures.
- Tub ledge or seating area - easier movement into and out of the tub.
- Removable flip-up bench - can be used in the tub or shower.
- Night lighting - to help safely navigate a dark room.
- Contrasting color design - to help distinguish where surfaces change.
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