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Is Universal Design Right For You? Questions to Ask

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Mar 24, 2011 @ 06:03 AM

Considering a Universal Design New Home

Questions to Ask about Universal Design

As families adapt their lifestyle to include children, the elderly or people inconvenienced by a temporary or permanent disability, incorporating universal design into their new home floor plan makes life easier for everyone.

Universal design homes are planned with future needs in mind – so that no matter what kind of disability may afflict the homeowners or their households, your home will “plan ahead” to accommodate it.

When you sit down with your builder to talk about a universal design custom home, the answers to these kinds of questions can help you create the kind of floor plan that will meet all your needs:

  • Will someone need to sit while preparing meals or at the bathroom vanity?
  • Do you have children who will need to be able to help in the kitchen?
  • Will getting in and out of the tub or shower be a problem?
  • Is everyone able to turn a doorknob?
  • Do you need to be able to maneuver a wheelchair?
  • Can every adult reach – and see – the thermostat?
  • Will you need to be able to vary the height of special lighting?
  • Do you plan to live in the home as your family needs change?
  • Is it possible that an elderly relative might move in with you?
  • Is this the home you’d like to retire in?

Answers to these types of questions can help determine the kinds of adaptations you’ll want to discuss with your builder, as you consider the advantages of a universal design.

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