Continued from: There is… NO PLACE LIKE HOME!
In an instant, a simple broken leg can dramatically change the experience of everyday life. It makes sense build in maximum versatility and flexibility, and to plan for all stages of life no matter what the picture looks like today. We are savvy consumers and through choice in the marketplace are demanding high quality designs and products that are stylish, intuitive, safe, and a good value.
Whatever the need, whether moving through your home, a public building, or performing a simple task such as operating a can opener, incorporating flexible and enduring design solutions promotes sustainability and makes life abundantly easier and more enjoyable. Universal Design is the epitome of the classic design ideal “form follows function.”
Many simple solutions can be seamlessly incorporated into our homes. When planning a remodeling project or renovation, consider integrating Universal Design features. When choosing products, look for ergonomically designed items, making ordinary tasks much easier and incorporating safety.
The universal design opportunities are to integrate features such as ease of access, accommodations for enjoyment of outdoor living, gardening activities, landscaping, upgraded lighting solutions, stone and water features, exercise, pool and water therapy areas. The exterior and landscape are ideally designed from the inside-out, so to speak, because most people spend in excess of 90% of their time inside. Consequently, locating outdoor features for enjoyment from the inside is crucial; i.e. design from the inside-out. There are also opportunities for indoor modifications to enhance the nurturing indoor/ outdoor connection to nature.
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