If you're building or remodeling and want to offer your customers something extra, consider Universal Design, a valuable feature that helps people of any age, but especially older homeowners, more fully and safely enjoy their homes. Whether your clients are parents of young children, active baby-boomers or less mobile seniors, universal design adds to their enjoyment of living spaces by maximizing comfort and accessibility.
People are realizing that universal design does not have to be unsightly or institutional-looking. The book shows how features (such as wider, no-threshold doorways, pocket doors and chair-rail molding that doubles as hand-rail support) can be artfully blended into the most attractive homes. You'll get ideas for specific universal design features from simple and inexpensive to specialized items like adjustable counters, elevators and chair lifts.
Universal Design Ideas for Style, Comfort & Safety's color photos and expert guidance cover every area from kitchens, baths, bedrooms, family rooms and garages to yards and patios. You'll get professional design ideas for lighting, materials, comfort, safety and ease of use. Our experts include certified kitchen and bath designers, aging-in-place specialists and a licensed occupational therapist. Budget estimates give you an idea how much these projects will cost.
Adding universal design in new construction or remodeling helps homeowners avoid rushed and expensive retrofits later or possibly even a disruptive move. And these features bring them immediate benefits preventing fatigue and making life easier at any age.
Author: RSMeans; Lexicon Consulting