How to Make Your Home More Accessible with Universal Design

by Kevin Song 03/16/2022

Universal design creates spaces that are more accessible for everyone. Whether they're an elder, child or have mobility restrictions, it focuses on building areas to be used by all

And, despite the daunting name or meaning behind it, universal design isn't a difficult feat to accomplish.

Add Views of the Outdoor

Installing French doors provides an incredible view of nature from a comfortable indoor seating area. They're a great way to allow everyone the ability to enjoy nature, regardless of their mobile requirements

Consider Fewer Stairs

If possible, try to limit the number of stairs in and around your home. While this may not be possible at times, it can go a long way toward accessibility. There are several factors affecting the way someone uses stairs. By adding ramps or other types of smooth incline, you ensure everyone enjoys the home with minimal to no issues.

Add Automated Lighting Systems

Installing automated lights that either sit on a timer and turn on just a few minutes before you get home, or adding motion-detecting lighting, you'll be able to avoid trip hazards for you and those in your household

Think About Your Shower

Showers are typically a place of accessibility woes. Any obstruction could be a tripping hazard. Any curb or ledge could pose some sort of physical risk to anyone who uses the shower. Don't fret. To increase accessibility in this area, consider building a roll-in shower without a curb. Install a grab bar to increase accessibility making the shower experience safer and more relaxing

Choose Slip-Resistant Floors

Your flooring is another crucial area to consider. To increase safety and prevent any severe falls, be sure to install slip-resistant floors. Don't worry—you won't have to rip up your flooring and start fresh. Some products can be applied to your existing tile or stone floor to increase grip.

Make Storage More Accessible

You'll want to make sure key products and appliances are accessible to everyone. Consider the bottom storage in areas like your kitchen. Can anyone reach down and grab something deep on your bottom shelf? If not, consider adding more elevated features that lack obstacles like cabinets or shelving that's too deep.

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Kevin Song

Hi, I'm Kevin Song and I'd love to assist you. Whether you're in the research phase at the beginning of your real estate search or you know exactly what you're looking for, you'll benefit from having a real estate professional by your side. I'd be honored to put my real estate experience to work for you.