Universal Design for the Home: Great Looking, Great Living Design for All Ages, Abilities, and Circumstances

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Universal Design (UD) is coming of age. Once a home design specialty that was little known, of limited interest, and a source of embarrassment more than pride, it is attracting widespread media attention and taking on (as befits its name) almost universal appeal -- and with good reason. The concept emerged years ago out of the need to make homes safe and accessible for the elderly, the handicapped and the very young. Some of the design options were good-looking, but others seemed institutional. Today, there are ...
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Overview


Universal Design (UD) is coming of age. Once a home design specialty that was little known, of limited interest, and a source of embarrassment more than pride, it is attracting widespread media attention and taking on (as befits its name) almost universal appeal -- and with good reason. The concept emerged years ago out of the need to make homes safe and accessible for the elderly, the handicapped and the very young. Some of the design options were good-looking, but others seemed institutional. Today, there are so many stylish, beautiful, good-sense universal-design options that choosing them has become a "why not?" rather than a "why?" decision.

Universal Design for the Home features a blend of beautiful projects, creative ideas, and substantive planning information. Highly visual, the book features projects showing room contexts, as well as detail shots. The mix of projects encompasses small and large houses; one-story and multi-story houses; and ideas for general accessibility and comfort as well as some targeted more directly at handicap accessibility. There is an emphasis on remodeled projects, but new homes designed with an eye toward accessibility -- present and future -- are included as well. Chapters cover the spectrum of accessible home planning, from room arrangements to kitchens, baths, entries, and exterior areas. The book displays fresh, inspiring design ideas as well as must-have, good-sense solutions, such as wider doorways. Basic specifications, how-to tips, and other technical content are featured throughout the book in easy-to-find boxes and sidebars.

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"Universal design" as defined by architect Ron Mace, who coined the phrase, 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." Jordan (Making Room: Finding Space in Unexpected Places) shows how a home that is accommodating to all can also have a stylish decor. Some 15 newly built or renovated homes are featured, for which Jordan explains the inhabitants' lifestyles and physical challenges. Color photographs and some before-and-after floor plans show how accessibility standards have been incorporated. A list of resources is provided. Since few books address how to make a home barrier-free without creating an institutionalized look, this book is recommended for all public libraries.


—Gayle A. Williamson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592533817
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Wendy A. Jordan is an award-winning writer and editor with expertise in residential remodeling and home building. She is the author or coauthor of ten books, senior contributing editor of Professional Remodeler magazine, and a regular contributor to HGTVpro.com. She has written numerous articles on remodeling subjects for Better Homes and Gardens special-interest publications.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2008

    Universal Design for the Home: Great-Looking, Great-Living Design for All Ages, Abilities, And Circumstances

    Anyone who has ever toured an apartment and discovered that the doorframes and showerheads were far too low, or who would have bought that dream home if only it had been wheelchair accessible, should check out this book. It covers universal design principles that can be used during the building or remodeling process to make homes accessible to everyone regardless of height, weight, age, level of ability, or any other characteristic. Jordan¿s target audience is the ¿sandwich generation¿¿the people who find themselves taking care of both their children and parents, whose homes are full of residents who have different needs. Tips offered in the book such as having smooth, slip-resistant flooring and an open floor plan are beneficial for increasing safety for both the elderly and children. The attention to small details in Universal Design for the Home makes this book stand out as a work that has the potential to make everyday life easier for people with disabilities. Installing lower-than-usual light switches and higher-than-usual electrical outlets, for example, is a fairly simple project that can make life a little easier for people in wheelchairs. If the reader fears that universal design means a loss in aesthetic value, much in the way that one-size-fits-all clothing sometimes lacks visual appeal, the author writes that ¿universal design features blend seamlessly into home designs, drawing little attention to themselves, yet making the designs much better.¿ Included in the book are plenty of diagrams and color photographs for visual reference. After implementing this book¿s recommendations offered to enhance a home¿s visitability and beauty, any resident or guest will feel at home.

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