Do you have young children or grandchildren? Do you plan to live in your home for many years? Have you ever sprained your ankle, broken your arm, or had another injury that made you think about how difficult it can be to navigate a stairway or turn on a faucet? These are just a few reasons to consider the concepts of universal design or aging in place when you remodel or design a new home.
Universal design is a way of designing your living space to take into account the needs of a variety of people, or the needs of a person over time. For example, just about anyone can operate a door handle that is designed like a lever, whereas young children and people with arthritis might have difficulty opening a door with a traditional doorknob. Single-lever faucets are easier to use for people who lack manual dexterity. Planning a shower without a curb at the entrance not only makes it easier to wheel in using a wheelchair, but also eliminates a potential trip hazard.
Having a first-floor master suite makes it easier for a couple to continue to live in their home as they age. Installing extra studs behind the drywall around a toilet makes it easy to add grab bars if needed.
There are many things to consider when designing a home that can adapt to changes in occupants’ needs over time. Studio Z is able to guide you in designing for the present and the future.