Successful Remodeling in Tough TimesBy Weinstein, Laurence; Qualified Remodeler, p. 36
Publication Date: December 2007
Article discusses home modifications that can improve accessibility for all occupants. In light of an anticipated 120 million-plus U.S. residents being over the age of 50 in the year 2020, and one in five Americans being affected by a functional limitation that impacts everyday living, the author, an architect behind the concept of Livable Homes, argues that homes should be accessible to everyone and modified to accommodate changing physical needs. Elements of a Universal Design-featured Livable Home outlined include (1) a zero-step main entry; (2) hallways with 42-inch minimum width and doors 36 inches wide to accommodate a wheelchair when needed; (3) lower kitchen and bathroom cabinets with full-extension drawers and open accessible spaces underneath cook top and kitchen and bathroom sinks; (4) elevated, front-load and front-controls dishwasher and clothes washer/dryer; (5) clear 5-foot diameter open spaces in all rooms for wheelchair turnaround; (6) a curbless shower; (7) electrical outlets, light switches, and thermostats all mounted at accessible heights; and (8) energy-efficient high-output fluorescent lighting throughout the house. More information about Universal Design-featured Livable Homes can be found at http://www.livablehomes.org.
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