Universal Design for The Home

Even you need Universal Design!

WE ALL HAVE DISABILITIES – some are permanent such as hearing or vision loss or paralysis and some are temporary such as a broken limb.

One thing is certain:

WE ALL AGE and most of us would rather stay in our familiar homes rather than moving into assisted living.

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The Importance of Design Thinking:

Universal / inclusive design is design for all people and all abilities. Counterpane Interiors incorporates universal design elements into all projects because it produces high quality design solutions — this is what is called Design Thinking. We work with customers of all ages and abilities on remodeling and decorative projects for residences and small businesses. We specialize in applying the principals of universal and inclusive design to all of our projects so that our clients, regardless of ability, can thrive in place for years to come and feel like their homes complement their lifestyle as it changes rather than compete with it.

Enjoy the video below to hear excellent examples of design thinking:


The 7 Principals of Universal Design-2

 


Universal Considerations in the Home:

There are a great many and varied modifications that you can make to your home. Well planned ones are what make the universally designed home a success compared to than a conventionally designed home with a lot of band-aids added as age progresses or as disabilities arise. Well-thought, built-in elements keep the users from feeling like their home is turning into a hospital. Imagine a plastic chair added to your shower instead of an attractive built in shower seat. Aging people or people with disabilities have the most trouble in the more hard working and utilitarian areas of the home  — the kitchen and bath. Click here to learn about some considerations for kitchen and bath as you renovate a home with universal needs in mind.

Our Universal Design Mantra: Make it invisible or make it beautiful.

 


 

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