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The Appeal of Universal Design Homes

Posted by Jeff Sallan on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 at 12:21pm.

Universal design, or barrier-free design, focuses on making homes accessible to everyone, regardless of physical ability or age. But don't immediately think your UD home will need ramps and stability bars down the hallways. Today's universally designed homes have features that blend seamlessly into just about any home style. More home buyers who are planning to age in place rather than move to a retirement community or those who have senior parents who will be moving in with them choose a home with a universal design. 

Throughout the house, you may find slightly lower switches that can be accessed from a wheelchair, lever handles instead of doorknobs, and hallways and doorways that are at least 32 inches wide. Kitchens may have counters with different heights. This is helpful for families with small children and those in wheelchairs. Bathrooms may have showers with adjustable shower heads, vanities at different heights, and a curb free shower pan.

Not all UD homes are single story. Some homes include 'non-vital' rooms like a game room or office upstairs but the master bedroom and main living areas are downstairs. Other UD homes have elevators built in or retrofitted where possible.  

Depending on your lifestyle and needs, you can add UD feature to your current home. Some additions could include touch-controlled faucets, step-free entries, or adding extra lighting. If you are interested in building a universal design home, we would be happy to help you locate a builder and a gorgeous piece of Northern Nevada property on which to build. If you are looking for a new home that you can add your own UD features to, we can set you up with a customized home search that alerts you immediately when homes that fit your requirements are listed. 

For more information about Reno real estate, please contact us or call 775-453-4568. 

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