Universal Design

Outdoors In Roll In Shower In Idaho

If you happen to have a cabin in the woods, then you’re most likely the type to love the outdoors. Which is why you have a cabin in the woods. You would probably also want to enjoy the view of the outdoors while you are inside your cabin. So you install lots of windows throughout, even in the bathroom. Which is what this owner did for this beautiful bathroom near Payette Lake in Idaho. Huge windows and glass block bring the outdoors inside to this roll in shower designed by McCall Design & Planning.   Glass Shower Of course when a clear window of this size is in the shower...

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How to Light a Kitchen for Older Eyes and Better Beauty

Include the right kinds of light in your kitchen's universal design plan to make it more workable and visually pleasing for all As we age, the lens of the eye becomes less flexible, and our lighting requirements change. The ability to focus on near objects decreases, which explains why many people need reading glasses as they get older. The lens of the eye also becomes denser and yellower, decreasing the transmission of light, so that more light is often needed to see. This changes how we perceive colors; they become more muted and muddy. Just try looking through a yellow filter to see what...

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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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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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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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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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Kitchen Cabinet Fittings With Universal Design in Mind

[houzz=http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/5392081/list/Kitchen-Cabinet-Fittings-With-Universal-Design-in-Mind w=300] Kitchen Cabinet Fittings With Universal Design in Mind These ingenious cabinet accessories have a lot on their plate, making accessing dishes, food items and cooking tools easier for all Beautiful kitchens abound — but beauty, as they say, is only skin deep. If the bones of the kitchen do not function properly, the time spent there will soon become annoying. Beautiful is great, but beautiful and functional are paramount in my book.A few organizational cabinet appointments...

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Three Home Features to Boost Accessibility

[houzz=http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/4578128/list/3-Home-Features-to-Boost-Accessibility w=300] 3 Home Features to Boost Accessibility Universal design in these home areas is a thoughtful move even if you don't need it for yourself While your family may not require any changes to your home right now, consider those visiting your home. Perhaps you have friends, parents, grandparents or other visitors with mobility devices. Including the following three accessibility features will make your home easier for them to visit. At least one zero-step entrance on a route that's accessible from...

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