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Amazing Looking Roll-In Shower in Philadelphia

When I look for architectural and interior design spaces to feature, I like to choose ones that really jump out at me. Immediately when I saw this roll-in shower I knew it was going to be written about. Even though it’s not specifically designed for accessibility, it’s still a design inspiration. Designed by k Yoder design of Philadelphia, this roll-in shower definitely stands out. Teak Me About Design This week will be a little different where I focus less on the universal design characteristics and more on the visual design. Beginning with the stunning tile on the back wall. Made...

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Design for All: Smart Interiors for All Members of the Home

Whether you live with an active adult or a small child, with a little extra planning your home can accommodate all members of the family. Your style doesn't have to be compromised to achieve this, either. In fact, you may find that universal design is simply good design.The term "visitability" is new on the universal design front. This means that a home accommodates everyone and encourages all ages to come and visit. Visitability features make homes easier for people who develop a mobility impairment to visit friends and extended family rather than having to turn down invitations, or not be invited...

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Decorate with Intention: Clutter Clearing 101

Fearlessly face disorganized areas to find the home of your dreams Laura Gaskill Getting organized is something of a passion of mine. Yes, I consider cleaning out my junk drawer a leisure activity — I love labels and have been known to put my books in rainbow order, so make fun if you must! But over the years I have honed a simple routine for paring down and creating order in the home, and I want to share these 10 tips with you today.Before we dig in, it is important to understand what we are up against. What is clutter exactly? Excess stuff, right? Well sure, but more than that,...

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Mexican Home Gets an All-Access Pass

Flush thresholds and ramps are just some of the universal design features that make this Cabo Pulmo home entirely wheelchair accessible This article was written by: By: Cathy Lara Lead architect Cathi House of House + House Architects encountered a few snags along the way to completing Casa Cabo Pulmo for her clients, Pat Wright and Deb Zeyen. A hurricane hit the project while it was under construction, and although the building wasn't damaged, drawings were lost and roads were washed out, cutting the project off from deliveries of materials for a couple of months. But even Mother Nature...

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Clutter vs. Keepers: A Guide to New Year’s Purging

Simple questions to get in touch with your clutter comfort level — and figure out what needs to go Laura Gaskill With a new year upon us and the resolution-making frenzy in full effect, many of us (myself included) will be casting aside clutter in an attempt to streamline our homes. But what, and how much, do you get rid of? What makes clutter, clutter? Where do you draw the line between an inspiring collection and a jumbled mess? And what about some of the styling tricks employed for photo shoots — creative or ridiculous? If you have ever walked into a friend's home and found...

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A Seattle Remodel Offers Accessibility

Access for legs and wheels was the priority in this Washington state home's renovation, but universal design doesn't mean less style Marsha Donaldson and Bill Ferris remodeled their house to look and function like any other contemporary home, but the real beauty of the new design lies in the subtle details. The couple's space-efficient design choices also make the house fully accessible to Ferris, who has lived the past 38 years in a wheelchair. The couple worked with designer and former rehabilitation nurse Susan Duncan of ABCs of Accessibility, Seattle interior designer Piper Lauri Salogga...

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24 Dramatic Kitchen Makeovers

From drab, dreary or just plain outdated to modernized marvels, these kitchens were transformed at the hands of resourceful Houzzers Vanessa Brunner We asked you to show us your kitchen remodels, and the results — from midcentury renovations and restored Edwardians to updated cottages in India — are in. These Houzz users wanted some serious kitchen makeovers, and whether they did all the work themselves or got a little help along the way, their investments paid off in updated spaces that reflect their life and style. Get inspired to tackle your own kitchen remodel with ideas...

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Universal Design Makes a Mid-century Home Accessible

More space for wheelchairs, easier access to appliances and a curbless shower fit a Seattle family's needs This article was written by: Cathy Lara This home tour is about beautiful design that also considers the mobility needs of all the family members — two of whom are wheelchair users. When architect Carol Sundstrom's client, wheelchair user and accessibility consultant Karen Braitmayer, reached an impasse in coming up with ways to expand her Eichler-inspired mid-century home, she sought Sundstrom's expertise. "She and her husband were resigned to building a second story for more square...

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Conduct | Sign Language to Voice Device Concept

Conduct | Sign Language to Voice Device Concept Posted on 24 May, 2012 by UniversalDesignStyle| Comments Off Image: {a href="http://www.behance.net/sarahasaville/frame/3891589" target="_blank"}Sarah Saville{/a} Many people who are deaf or hard of hearing work with sign language interpreters to communicate. I’ve been to many meetings where sign language interpreters were present and they are very good at their job. However there is not an overabundance of interpreters and because they are people they require scheduling and a salary. Industrial designer Sarah Saville of Detroit, MI has designed...

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