March 10, 2022
It’s a great privilege to get older. But with getting older comes some challenges: none the least being able to stay in your family home for as long as possible.
If you’re nearing retirement or already there, you might start wondering how much longer your home will be safe for you.
Here’s the rub: according to the National Safety Council, 53.6 percent of all injuries happen in the home.
That’s why it’s essential to make provisions for the future and make your home safe.
In the home renovation industry, we call this approach “renovating for universal design”, which essentially means “designing a home for everybody.”
And design for everybody is simply good design.
Simply put, universal design in home building is “human-centered” design: focused on accessibility for everyone, no matter their abilities.
Quoting the pioneer of universal design himself, Ronald Mace, The Universal Design Project describes this concept as: “design that’s usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.”
It makes your home safer and easier to live in – whether you’re taking a shower, making a snack, opening a door, or going down a flight of stairs. If you’re thinking that this will make your home feel “institutional” and “cold”, think again. Human-centered design does not – and should not – sacrifice beauty and aesthetics.
This is your HOME, afterall. It has to look nice.
According to the Centre for Universal Design, building a home with Universal design means to “integrate features that meet the needs of as many people as possible.”
Universal Design in home building follows these 7 principles:
1. It’s useful to people with diverse abilities.
As you can see, Universal Design simply means: a home that works for everyday life. A home that works for every unique body and ability, regardless of age.
And we achieve this with beauty and style.
Here in Columbus Ohio and across the country, we’re seeing more multigenerational households than ever. (Today they account for one-third of all households, and this number is growing quickly since the pandemic.)
Because of this, more families than ever are looking to remodel their homes to accommodate a wider range of ages and abilities.
More importantly, the goal of universal design in homes is to make the environment as user-friendly and normal as possible. Normal in the sense that the features do not scream: “look at me, I was designed to help you.” Rather, they are more subtle and come in handy when you need them. So, people do not have to be constantly reminded of their disability – everyday tasks should feel like “everyday tasks.”
Heitmeyer Building & Design brings over 100 years of experience in home building, design, and renovation. We make sure we meet your family’s unique living needs so you end up with the most beautiful, comfortable, fitting Columbus home.
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