Universal Design Living

We’ve mentioned before that in order for our elderly or disabled population to continue living in the comfort of their homes, certain modifications can (and should) be made.  These modifications can be anything from lowering counter tops, raising dishwashers, or changing the floor to hardwood to make it easier to get around.  They allow the individual greater freedom and ability to continue the basic acts of living. Sometimes, however, the focus can shift too much to the persons in need, and can make it a little more difficult for their family or helpers that don’t have the same disabilities.

Universal Design is a concept of designing products, buildings and environments that are visually pleasing and usable to the greatest extend possible by everyone, regardless of their age, ability or status in life.

We would like to share a wonderful story about Universal Design that accommodates everyone living in the home.

A tragic accident left Rosemarie Rossetti paralyzed from the waist down. When she and her husband returned home from the hospital, they quickly realized that their existing home would not be suitable for her wheelchair, and left her unable to do some of the most basic things. So they decided to design their dream home, later dubbed “Universal Design Living Laboratory” that would not only accommodate Rosemarie, but also her husband. The house features countertops at different levels, sliding pocket doors, side-hinge ovens and many other design features that make life easier for her and her husband.

Along the way, they opened their home to tours to educate and inspire others about the importance of universal design.

Read more about this inspiring story at http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nahb/bal_2015spring_v2/index.php?startid=16