Wednesday, July 26, 2017 04:17 PM

MIKE CROXALL: HOW TO INFUSE UNIVERSAL DESIGN INTO ANY HOME

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - by Mike Croxall, president, Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga

Like it or not, our physical abilities change as we age. Vision begins to blur and joints begin to ache. Once-simple tasks like taking out the garbage, emptying the dishwasher or even taking a shower can become increasingly arduous.

However, not everyone living in the same home is likely to have the same needs, especially those in multi-generational households. These are the homes that can benefit the most from universal design.

It doesn't matter if youre young or old, tall or short, healthy or hindered with a disability. Universal design can enhance comfort and convenience, enabling everyone to enjoy the same home even if and when their needs change.

Luckily, there are many aspects of universal design that are relatively simple to implement. Here are four areas in which this design concept can benefit virtually any home:

Bathrooms. Because a large portion of in-home accidents occur here, universal design can be critical.

Adding non-slip flooring and a grab bar in the shower can dramatically lower the risk of falls. Elevating soap holders and shower ledges will reduce the need to constantly bend over. Creating a barrier-free ...

News source: The Chattanoogan.com

See also: HBAGC