Millions of Americans are living longer and more active lives. In embracing newly found and changing lifestyles, a need to revitalize their home environment has arisen. Designing a home so it is usable by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability, or situation is the goal of Universal Design.
People age differently based on their genetic make-up, lifestyle and environment. It is crucial that designers and remodelers be aware of the changing needs of people as they age or deal with a disability. ADA, standards typically used in a commercial setting, is a group of unbiased design standards that accommodate the needs of handicapped individuals. A space that reflects Universal Design principals can be used by a variety of people with different needs.
Many homeowners may not have a physical need now, but there are several adaptable features that can be included in most remodeling projects without affecting the overall aesthetics. Blocking for future grab bars, structural framing of wider doorways, pre-positioned electrical, plumbing and HVAC rough-ins, and stacked closets for a future elevator installation are just a few of the many adaptable design details that are either unseen in the finished project of have other uses until the need for conversion.
Comfort height toilets, lever-handle faucets, grab bars and handrails, handshowers, thermostatic valves, slip resistant shower bases, accessible baths, and lowered wall mounted lavatories can be installed.
Our designers at BRAVI are working towards their Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) certification. You can trust BRAVI to design your home so that you are able to live comfortably as your needs change.