entrance to 6 north apartments“6 North Apartments: the nation’s first large scale apartment building to incorporate the principles of Universal Design.”

The trend is growing to making housing and buildings accessible to everyone.  It’s about designing environments with the actual users in mind without the expectation of them having to adapt to their living space.

“This is the future,” according to Andrew Trivers, founding architect of Trivers Associates. “People are living longer and because of healthcare technology, they aren’t dying from accidents and disabilities the way they used to. So the question is, how do you design so it doesn’t look like it is for or is only useable by someone with a specialized need?”

Universal Design Apartment Kitchen


  • Wall cabinets with adjustable shelves
  • Pantry with adjustable shelves
  • Pull-out shelves with full extension hardware
  • Lazy Susan corner cabinets
  • Pull-out cutting board


Universal Design Apartment Bathroom

picture: universal desgin bathroom, accessible Features:

  • Curbless roll-in showers
  • Broad blocking in walls
  • Full length mirrors
  • Grab bars double as towel bars
  • Accessible entry