Design It Forward

Universal design is all about things remodelers can do now to help clients prepare to live in their homes for years to come. Here are ways to do that.

From the driveway to the front entry, this house has no steps or thresholds. Case Design/Remodeling

The backyard is also accessible from the interior with no threshold doors. Case Design/Remodeling

Drawers in the base cabinets and accessories in the wall cabinets make items easier to reach. Case Design/Remodeling

Ovens installed lower on the wall offer easy access for shorter adults or those in a wheelchair. Case Design/Remodeling

A roll-in shower with a tiled bench, grab bars, and an adjustable shower. Case Design/Remodeling

This master bath has strong color contrasts to make it easier for the older residents to differentiate surfaces. The tile floor is slip-resistant. The Home Improvements Group.

Remodeler Chris Dreith created this bathroom by combining two smaller baths. The Home Improvements Group.

A heated floor and towel warmer provide extra comfort. The Home Improvements Group.

The curbless shower has two adjustable shower fittings and a horizontal grab bar. The Home Improvement Group.

Pull-out drawers make it easy to reach shoes. The Home Improvement Group.

A vertical platform lift helps move the homeowner's wheelchair from the garage to the lower level. Magnotta Builder

A stair lift allows the homeowner to move from the lower level to the condo's main level. Magnotta Builder

This curved island has countertops with three heights: 30-inches, 36-inches, and 42-inches. A wheelchair fits under the 30-inch top. Magnotta Builder

The kitchen also has a microwaver drawer. Magnotta Builder

The right side sink compartment is setup so a wheel chair can roll under. The toe kicks are attached to the doors. Murray Lampert Construction

Roll-in shower with tiled bench. Murray Lampert Construction

Remodeler Laurie Crum describes this shower curb as a "speed bump" It is an alternative for projects where the cost of a trench drain is too high, but wheelchairs or shower chairs easily roll over it. Summit Design Remodeling

Though not technically universal design, this soap and shampoo dispenser makes it easy for all who use the shower. Summit Design Remodeling

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