Universal Design

There are many modifications that can be made to a home to make it more accessible. Studies show that we all want to remain in our homes as we age and develop different challenges and there are ways to modify homes and create an environment that makes it easier to perform daily tasks. The beauty of Universal design is that it not only will make it easier for older people and people with other challenges but it will also make it easier for the rest of the family, making your house more safe and comfortable. 

There are many products and construction techniques available and Mark V. Pelletier, has earned the designation of Certified Aging In Place Specialist by the National Association of Home Builders, so that he has the training to recognize, communicate and remodel homes for people with different needs. With proper planning, a lot of the techniques can be incorporated into a remodeling project so that when they need to be installed in the future, the cost will be lower. Some common improvements are listed below:

Here are a few items you can introduce to a project for the comfort of all who live in the home:

  • Hallways that are at least 48 inches
  • Lever handles on all doors and faucets
  • Decorative grab bars in the shower
  • Hand held shower fixtures
  • Various heights for kitchen counters 
  • Full extension drawers and shelves in the kitchen
  • Light switches 36 inches above the floor
  • Toilet seats about 17 to 19 inches high