Accessible & Universal Design: Why Now vs Later?
Our ultimate goal at Pippin Home Designs is to design a home you LOVE so much that you make it your forever home and choose to age in place in it. Achieving such a feat comes with some inherent responsibilities and foresight into the future.
Your life is ever changing, and your needs will shift as you age.
Things to consider when planning for your future:
We use the strategic techniques of Accessible and Universal Design to support you in your home now and for all the days ahead.
What is Accessible Design?
Accessibility in reference to home design is a term coined in 1990 with the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The intention of Accessible Design is to meet the functional limitations of people with disabilities and other physical challenges, be they short term or permanent.
Statistics on disabled:
Data collected in 2018 by the CDC showed that 61 million adults in the United States live with some form of disability. That’s 26% of the population or 1 in 4 adults. Another statistic shows that 2.8 million kids age 5-15 also have a disability. What these numbers show is the likelihood that we are all living with the need to accommodate someone with limitations in life.
What is Universal Design?
Universal Design is a broader concept using techniques that take into consideration EVERY possible challenge and limitation in life. A Universal Home is designed with spaces and products that are easily usable by all people; healthy and ill, able bodied and physically challenged, young and old, tall and short, male, female, and everything in between. Regardless of individual abilities or circumstances, Universal Design empowers homeowners and their visitors to carry out routine household activities with ease and without the need for adaptation.
Concepts of Accessible & Universal Design:
These homes consider people with diverse abilities. They are designed to be accessible, appealing, and accommodating of all people at all ages.
Simple and intuitive appliances include right- and left-handed usability, easy to use fixtures, low physical effort required for operation, minimized hazards, appropriate space for approach and use, and located at appropriate heights for the intended users.
Solutions to Aging
Design solutions to many common aging challenges can extend your quality of life far into the future.
Design plays a big role in how comfortable others feel in your home. Homeowners may not initially believe their home needs to be accessible, however visiting family and friends with additional needs should be considered.
There are countless creative aspects to Accessible and Universal Design. The following are a few of the most popular:
Barrier Free Entry
Minimize Stairs Within the Home
Open Concept Floorplan
Easier Access Lighting and Electrical Outlets
Kitchen Countertop Adjustments
Bathroom Shower Modifications
The Wave of the Future!
Accessible and Universal Homes are sweeping the home design industry! People are catching on to the IMMENSE VALUE that can be added by simply designing in ease and comfort.
Elements of Accessible and Universal Design are convenient for you now
and may become a necessity for you or someone you love in the future.
How Much is this Going to Cost?
Accessible and Universal homes are NOT more expensive than standard homes, they’re just smarter! As you can see reading through the check list above, many items are simply about placement or product selection. We love getting really creative and thinking outside the box to design intelligent, forward-thinking, and beautiful solutions to potential future challenges and inevitable life changes.
Why Now VS Later?
Incorporating Accessible and Universal Design into the designs for your home BEFORE it’s built is the key to long term ease, comfort, and usability. Adding many of the elements listed above as an afterthought can be expensive, time consuming, and challenging.
Thoughtful planning ahead ensures your home
will support your life now and transition
gracefully as your physical needs change.
You’re already on the enlightening path of home building. Take the opportunity to enhance the quality of your life and functionality of your home far into the future by including as many elements of Accessible and Universal Design as suits you.
Our Award-Winning Homes with a View are designed to fully support your life and those you love! Give us a call or email us today!