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It’s a common misconception that safety features can’t be luxurious. Yet if you think that walk-in showers and counter-height shelves are things only “old people” need, you can miss out on many of today’s most safe, functional and aesthetically-pleasing bathroom and kitchen innovations.
As more of us embrace “aging-in-place,” the architectural principles of Universal Design — championed by architects Ed Steinfeld and the late Ron Mace who jointly published the initial standards in 1980 — are more vital than ever. The end goal of Universal Design is to create spaces that are comfortable, attractive and less hazardous for everyone, regardless of age, size and ability.
That’s why I try to adhere to Universal Design principles when designing bathrooms and kitchens — because it’s not simply adapting for disabilities, it’s assuring that the room will serve you well for many years even if your needs change. There are seven key objectives that I follow:
1. Flexibility In Use
Good design should cater to everyone in the household, unless the assignment is to meet one individual’s specific needs. This means accommodating users whether they are standing or sitting, and whether they are right-handed or left-handed.
2. Ease Of Use
Even gym instructors, dancers and other highly-limber individuals appreciate features that … Read More »