This is your home, and you want to stay in it. Why should your golden years be spent anywhere else?
According to an AARP survey two-thirds of people aged forty-five want to remain in their homes as long as possible. That number rises to nearly ninety percent as people age into their senior years. However, as you age, certain aspects of your home can become more like obstacles. Universal design remodeling enables you to retrofit your home with more accessible features.
If you are interested in learning more, or would like to schedule a design consultation for your universal design remodel in Germantown, contact us online now.
What Is Universal Home Design?
Universal design makes homes that are equally useful for all people, regardless of age or physical limitations, hence the term universal.
For example, a universal design door enables those with mobility issues to get through without constraint. The Center for Universal Design at the University of North Carolina has developed the guidelines that can help you remain in your home.
A universal design house uses earth berms or ramps to construct walkways that are flush with entry doors, eliminating barriers and simplifying access into your home. Garage floors can also be raised to eliminate stairs in accessing the house from the garage.
Other exterior design elements may include:
- Installing a recessed shelf or table by the door with knee space to allow a wheelchair-confined person to access it
- Creating motion-controlled lighting
- Setting doorbells and light switches at a height accessible to all
Universal design floor plans are open. Main living areas and at least one bedroom and bathroom are at ground level, or will be moved to the ground floor as part of the redesign. Other design features include:
- Wide doorways and hallways with flush thresholds to accommodate those with mobility issues or confined to wheelchairs
- 5-foot diameter turning space in all rooms
- Stairs with wide landings to accommodate a chair lift now or in the future, if desired
- Curbless showers and door entry bathtubs with seats
- Wall switches mounted at accessible heights
- Knee space under sinks and counters
- Lever handles on doors with loop handles on drawers
Benefits of Universal Home Design
The key benefit of the universal design is that you can continue to enjoy your home without any unnecessary risks. Instead of creating obstacles, your home will become an even more comfortable place for you and your family. Best of all, universal design elements are helpful to everyone regardless of age or disability.
Our team at Heritage Builders simplifies the process of redesigning your home. Instead of you dealing with multiple contractors, we streamline the process, thanks to our team of design build experts. You can remain safe and comfortable in your own home while we do the work.
Schedule Your Universal Design Remodel in Germantown
If you are interested in universal design for your Germantown-area home, get in touch! Our team of experienced builders and designers is here to help you feel comfortable and safe in your home.
Contact us online or call us at 901-410-2147 for a consultation on your universal design remodel in Germantown.