UNIVERSAL DESIGN: What it is & How to Use in Your Home
Universal Design is not a new concept, as it’s been around for some time. However, in the last few years the demand for products and design services, such as Aging-in-Place design that incorporates the principles of Universal Design, have seen a boom. The reason is simple: As the Baby Boomer generation retires in record numbers, more and more are seeking bathroom and kitchen designs and redesigns that contain fixtures and appliances that will make their lives easier as they enter their golden years. This demand is leading to the development of bathroom fixtures and kitchen appliances with modern styling that are easy to use no matter what the physical limitation – and this ease of use is leading to wide acceptance throughout the general population.
Aging-in-Place design expert, Jamie Gold of Jamie Gold Kitchen and Bath Design LLC, comments that:
“People of all ages benefit from [Universal Design] conveniences like zero-maintenance countertops; roll-out trays, pull-outs, pan drawers and lazy susans in their base cabinets; task lighting below their wall cabinets; point-of-use appliances in their islands; drawer-based microwaves and dishwashers; shower benches and slide bar showerheads. But they become especially helpful to older homeowners who may be dealing with more fatigue, arthritis or balance issues.”
Delta Faucets’ Pilar Touch20 is an easy to operate touch faucet that does away with the often hard to operate turn knobs- making this an ideal faucet for everyone from the passionate foodie to the grandmother with debilitating arthritis.
Belay In-Tile Handrail by Kohler provides the safety and security of a shower grab bar without looking like it is a grab bar. The focus is on the beautiful tiling in the shower rather than on the assistive device.
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