Category Archives: Universal Design

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Universal Design Bathroom Features Adequate Knee Space

Have you ever thought what it would be like to use your bathroom sink sitting down? Is there enough room to get your legs under the sink?   Several methods are used to provide knee space, including open knee space without a vanity cabinet, or adaptable solutions such as fold-back or self-storing doors. Pipe protection is provided to prevent contact with hot or sharp surfaces.

Bathroom sink with space below left open

A universal design bathroom featuring a sink with adequate knee space below to allow for seated use.

Vanity area in this sink can be closed for a more finished look

A universal design bathroom featuring a sink with adequate knee space below to allow for seated use. This picture shows sink with cabinet.

Wall mounted ‘P’ trap for the sink with horizontal pipe

Bathroom vanity with knee space for wheelchair users. This picture shows the vanity open. Bathroom vanity closed.

When looking at remodeling options to better age in place the addition of an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) could be a worthwhile consideration. It is an extra living unit on your home’s property complete with kitchen, bathroom and sleeping facilities. An ADU may be located either inside, attached to, or detached from, the primary home… Continue Reading

Warner McConaughey, is a certified remodeler who witnessed first hand the need for early planning in his parents’ home. “My parents talked for a long time that they want to stay in their current house forever, but my mom broke her ankle about three years ago, and that’s when she realized how hard it was to get around,” McConaughey said. “Universal design isn’t for an old person. It’s for anybody.”

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Is that what you said to yourself when you spotted a picture of this house while flipping through this month’s AARP Magazine? If you were wondering why it looked familiar it’s probably because you saw it in our Idea Center. It’s the universal-lifespan designed Baldwin House and it’s owner/architect Emory Baldwin won the 2009 Livable… Continue Reading Age in place at home, it's where you want to be.