Knack Universal Design: A Step-by-Step Guide to Modifying Your Home for Comfortable, Accessible Living

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It happens to almost all of us sooner or later: Home, Sweet Home turns sour as life becomes an obstacle course. But it doesn't have to. Interior spaces, especially homes, can be made easily accessible to everyone, regardless of mobility or ability. Enter Knack Universal Design. With 450 full-color, step-by-step photos, this is the essential primer to a vital new approach to design and building. From easier-to-live-with appliances to fixtures, flooring, lighting, electrical considerations, color choices, traffic ...
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Knack Universal Design: A Step-by-Step Guide to Modifying Your Home for Comfortable, Accessible Living

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Overview

It happens to almost all of us sooner or later: Home, Sweet Home turns sour as life becomes an obstacle course. But it doesn't have to. Interior spaces, especially homes, can be made easily accessible to everyone, regardless of mobility or ability. Enter Knack Universal Design. With 450 full-color, step-by-step photos, this is the essential primer to a vital new approach to design and building. From easier-to-live-with appliances to fixtures, flooring, lighting, electrical considerations, color choices, traffic flow, and structural adaptations, this incomparable guide shows hundreds of ways to make your own surroundings barrier-free, and to help others do the same. 450 full-color photos covering:Entries & Doorways
• Flooring Kitchen Counters & SinksHand Helpers
• BathroomsLiving & Dining RoomsBedrooms
• StorageHalls & Stairs
• Landscaping
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599216133
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Series: Knack: Make It Easy Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Krueger was one of the first individuals to earn a Seniors Housing Marketing Designation (SHMS) from the National Council on Seniors Housing (NCOSH) under National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), has been a recognized expert in seniors housing marketing for 25+ years. She founded the award-winning Web site SeniorResource.com. She is a requested speaker on marketing, seniors and seniors-on-line topics. Nika Stewart is an award-winning designer, national speaker, design business coach, and leader in the home fashion industry. Her designs have appeared in national magazines, and she is the publisher of the weekly e-zine To Your Success. Visit her at NikaStewart.com.
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Table of Contents

Knack Universal DesignContents Chapter 1 Life CyclesLife Cycles Fine Motor ChallengesVisual Challenges Just Not as Agile Mobility Challenges Memory Loss Chapter 2 Entries and DoorwaysEntry Doors Threshold Ramps Entry ThresholdsPatio Door ThresholdsGarage-to-House EntryFlooring Transitions (floor-carpet) Spread 3 Around the CarExtra space to get in Look for level ground Electronic Garage Door opener Keypad outside garage door Spread 4 Exterior Door HardwareGetting inside (outside hardware) Getting inside (outside hardware) Getting out of the houseGetting out of the house: limiting egress Spread 5 Interior doors: Quick FixesNarrow doorways Folding screenLevered door handlesEasy locking and unlocking Spread 6 Remodeling Interior DoorwayPocket DoorsPocket doorWidening the doorwayWidening the doorway Chapter 3 Flooring TreatmentHard SurfacesCarpetingEdge TreatmentsThrow RugsPatterns Chapter 4 Kitchen Counter & Sink Kitchen CountersEdge TreatmentsSinksCounter Work SpacesWheelchair Modifications for Sinks and CountersFaucets and Other Sink Attachments Chapter 5 Kitchen Storage Pull-out ShelvesShallow Pantry ShelvesInterior Cabinet Modifications DrawersWheelchair Accessible Storage Alzheimer’s Safety Adaptations Chapter 6 Kitchen AppliancesStoveWall oven Built-in CooktopMicrowaveRefrigerators, Washers and Dryers Placement of Appliances Chapter 7 Arthritic Hand HelpersDoor handlesLevered faucetsSoap and Water I Can Manage Without It But…Appliances and Built InsVacuums and Brooms Chapter 8 Bathroom Sink and ToiletBathroom Sink AdaptationBathroom FaucetsMedicine CabinetToiletGrab BarsEmergency Pull Cord Chapter 9 Tub and ShowerBathtubs Tub FixturesTransfer Chair and Seat Shower StallShower FixturesShower Enclosures Chapter 10 Living and Dining RoomSofaPlacement of SofaEasy ChairsTables and Storage FurnitureLighting Dining Tables Chapter 11 Home Office and Den and Dining RoomBookcasesTVDesks ComputersLaptop TablesOrganizing Paperwork Chapter 12 BedroomsBed height Size of Bed WallMattressesBed Transfer SlingsEmergency Pull-Cord Light Controls Chapter 13 Storage and OrganizingClosetsDrawers and shelvesLinens Collectibles Photographs Memorabilia Chapter 14 Halls and Stairs HallwaysChair Rails/BarsIlluminated Light SwitchesElevatorsStair Lifts Chapter 15 Color ConsiderationsThe Aging EyeThe Effects of YellowingContrast Colors between Walls and FloorsEdge TreatmentsCombining Patterns Minimizing Linear Elements Chapter 16 Windows and Window TreatmentsPatio DoorsCrank-out WindowsFlip WindowsWindow CoveringsLight and GlareRemote Controls Chapter 17 LightingSkylightsAmbient lightingRecessed LightsTask lightingMotion Sensors on LightsSwitch and Switch Plates Chapter 18 Other Elements ThermostatSmoke Smoke and Gas Detectors Wearable Emergency Call ButtonsOpener DeviceEmergency On-Call ServicesAdapted Telephones Chapter 19 Landscaping and GardeningLightingSurfaces: Softscape vs. HardscapeLevels & topographyGardening with Arthritis Gardening with Limited Mobility Gardening Alternatives: indoor gardening, container gardening Chapter 20 Resources Index
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