Universal Design aims to make a space easy-to-use for people of all ages, sizes, and abilities. For example, a hallway that is wide enough for a wheelchair or walker would be universally designed because everyone — whether they are using a device or walking without one — can comfortably use the space.
A homeowner may choose to incorporate Universal Design in their house or apartment for many reasons. They may plan to “age in place,” remaining in their home long after retirement. They may have a family member who is living with an illness or disability. They may also regularly entertain and wish to ensure that all of their guests feel unhindered in their home.
Small Changes Can Make a Huge Difference
For extensive renovations, you should contact an experienced home remodeling contractor in the Wrightstown, PA area, but there are many simple ways to incorporate aspects of Universal Design in your home.
Opening a Door
Consider replacing your doorknobs with lever handles. Lever handles are easy to open for children, people who have problems with their grip, and anyone who has their hands full. It is also more sanitary since the user does not have to touch the handle with their hands.
Turning on a Light
A standard light switch is placed at 48 inches above the floor, but one at 42 inches is much more accessible for someone in a wheelchair. Additionally, rocker switches have wide, flat panels that are easy to turn on and off.
Just Moving Around
You may not be able to take down a wall or move your kitchen island, but you can arrange your furniture in a way that clears pathways for people using mobility devices. For example, if a cupboard is cluttering your hallway, consider replacing it with vertical storage.
We Know Universal Design
At Daniel Fox Construction, we are ADA-certified, so we know how to make a home or business a functional, relaxing space for everyone. Additionally, we are certified by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), which means that we have proven our industry knowledge through years of experience, written exams, and an extensive review process.
To learn more about how our home improvement contractors in New Hope, PA can help you incorporate Universal Design in your home or business, please call 888-608-8939!