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Universal Design

Universal Design

1. Entering Home

  • Outdoor ramp with gradual incline integrated into exterior home design
  • Covered porch providing protection from the elements
  • 42 inch wide entry door with a half inch beveled door threshold
  • Five by five foot open area at either side of the entry door

2. General Floor Plan

  • Single floor living
  • All hallways are 48 inches wide
  • All interior doors and passageways accessing a major room are 36 inches wide
  • All interior doors called out to have levered handles
  • Optional basement – Stair risers are 6 1/2″ high for easier stepping and stair width is 3′-6″ to enable a future straight rail stairlift

3. Master Bath

  • One lavatory sink countertop lowered and open underneath for assisted mobility
  • Large curbless walk-in shower
  • Glass shower enclosure can be removed and replaced with a curtain rod for easier transfer to a shower seat
  • Soaking tub set into a platform allowing one to sit and rotate into the tub vs. stepping into the tub
  • Comfort height toilet seats (17 inches vs. standard 15 inches)
  • Structural backing called out on drawings for future grab bar locations
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4. Kitchen

  • Built-in oven at countertop height for easier food transfer
  • Microwave oven located in built-in lower cabinet for easier food transfer
  • Sink and cooktop can be retrofitted to be open underneath for assisted mobility
  • Roll-out shelves in pantry and lower cabinets
  • All cabinet hardware called out is easy-to-grip handles

5. Garage

  • Garage large enough to accommodate accessible ramp
  • Garage ceiling height allows for retrofitting to a 9 foot height garage door for accessible van with a higher than normal cab

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