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What's in a Universal Design Home? Kitchen and Bath Features

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jan 09, 2012 @ 10:01 AM

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 Stove

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.
  • Universal Design Pull Out ShelvesEmpty 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

 

Roll-In Shower

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.

Universal Design Shower Bench

  • 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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