Universal Design for the Home - 5 Part Video Instructional Series
Universal Design for the Home - 5 Part Video Instructional Series
Do you know the universal design principles for better home accessibility? Want to make your disabled bathroom and overall home design more accessible? Watch this 5 part video series.

The term 'universal design' was first used by Architect Ronald L. Mace to describe the idea of designing and building both private and public living
environments as well as products that would be both practical
and attractive to every person possible, no matter what their
physical ability, age or position in life.

The concept was taken further by Selwyn Goldsmith who
authored, Designing for the Disabled in 1963. He narrowed the
focus to common accessibility for all disabled people in all
general living environments.

Universal home design has emerged as an important building
and remodeling trend in the early 21st century as a boom of
older people have more often opted for aging in place, instead
of institutional living. Also, more disabled people are looking for
barrier free access to home spaces, while living together with
their families who not physically challenged.

Design ideas such as curbless showers for wheelchair access,
color contrast countertops for visual impairments, and stairless
access entrances are only a few of the design points for universal designed homes. Two of the most important areas of the home, when it comes to residential universal design concepts, is accessible bathrooms and kitchens.

Even though this website is dedicated to bringing to you the best information regarding handicap bathroom designs and products, it's important to understand the overall impact of universal design on the home, in order to understand the benefits of building or remodeling disabled bathrooms for residential use.

If you'd like to understand more fully the practical and highly beneficial application of the universal design model to every area of your home, including a universal design bathroom, take time to view this excellent 5 part video series produced by The Ohio State University.

Universal Design Principles

1.  Equitable use

2.  Flexibility in use

3.  Simple and intuitive

4.  Perceptible information

5.  Tolerance for error

6.  Low physical effort

7.  Size and space for approach
    and use

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