Beautiful Barrier Free: A Visual Guide to Accessibility

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One out of every five Americans needs help to see, hear, speak, walk, use stairs, or lift objects - and a well-designed space plan can mean the difference between an independent, home-based lifestyle or a severely hampered one. Plus, new licensing and code standards are increasingly pressuring designers to find innovative answers to accessibility problems. This much needed book provides a large choice of visually exciting, barrier-free design options in a format ideal for client presentations. From space ...
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Overview

One out of every five Americans needs help to see, hear, speak, walk, use stairs, or lift objects - and a well-designed space plan can mean the difference between an independent, home-based lifestyle or a severely hampered one. Plus, new licensing and code standards are increasingly pressuring designers to find innovative answers to accessibility problems. This much needed book provides a large choice of visually exciting, barrier-free design options in a format ideal for client presentations. From space planning, to walls and ceilings, to furniture and accessories, it demonstrates hundreds of easily adaptable designs and products for exterior planning, ramps, stairs, and elevators electrical, mechanical, and acoustical equipment; doors and windows; decorative accessories and appliances; floor coverings; kitchens; bathrooms and utility spaces and more! Enhanced by nearly 400 high-quality figures including over 240 in vivid full color...with fully developed plans for commercial and residential space...technical data on meeting code requirements.. .tips on installation... and procedures for assessing requirements and costs, this book provides a wealth of ideas and guidelines never available in one source before.

This comprehensive guide to accessibility covers attractive barrier-free design products, installations, and ideas that meet the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. Features some 250 color images.

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Beautiful color photographs illustrate examples of kitchens, bathrooms, workplaces, stores, and other environments that are accessible to people with less than average ability to see, hear, speak, walk, use stairs, or lift objects. Suitable for an architect or designer to show to clients as examples. The captions, and sometimes accompanying drawings, note features of the design, its theory, and use. The photographs are almost all from manufacturers. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780442008826
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.83 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Icon Guide
1 Exterior Planning, Ramps, Elevators, and Stairs 1
2 Electrical, Mechanical, and Acoustical 17
3 Ceiling and Wall Finishes 33
4 Windows and Doors 43
5 Floor Covering 59
6 Furniture 71
7 Accessories and Equipment 99
8 Kitchens 115
9 Bathrooms and Utility Spaces 149
Appendix I: Commercial Space Plan 177
Appendix II: Residential Space Plan 179
References 181
Illustration Credits 184
Index of Manufacturers 187
Index 189
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