What is Universal Design?
Universal Design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.
Everyone Can Benefit from Universal Design
Universal Design is related to aging-in-place remodeling and Great Bear Builders can help you remodel or build your home using universal design concepts. The NAHB Remodelers in collaboration with Home Innovation Research Labs, NAHB 50+ Housing Council, and AARP developed the Certified Aging-In-Place (CAPS) program to address the growing number of consumers that will soon require these modifications.
What makes a home "universal"? It's simple. Everyone can use universal design! It doesn't matter if you are young or old. You could be short or tall, healthy or ill. You might have a disability. Or you may be a prize-winning athlete. Because of universal design, people who are very different can all enjoy the same home. And that home will be there for all its inhabitants even when their needs change.
Universal Design Features
Here are some of the more common universal design features that are also incorporated into aging-in-place remodels:
Some universal design features just make good sense. Once you bring them into your home, you'll wonder how you ever lived without them.