According to the National Disability Authority:
“Universal design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood, and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability, or disability.”
Who can benefit from incorporating universal design into their home? The answer is simple: everyone. Whether you have a disability or want to “age in place,” designing with accessibility in mind ensures your home suits your needs now and in the future. Learn more about the benefits of universal home design below.
Increased Home Value
Adding universal design features to your home can increase its value. Accessibility is important for many homebuyers, so having accessible elements can increase its resale value and marketability. But the value universal design adds isn’t just monetary; it also provides long-term comfort for you or whoever lives there after you.
Save Money on Future Costs
Remodeling your home with universal design features now can save you money down the road. It will save the cost of having to remodel to accommodate the needs of an aging, ill, or injured family member in the future when prices have increased. It also allows family members to stay in the home rather than moving to a nursing home or assisted living facility.
Universal design features increase independence because they lower the risk for falls and other injuries. With safety features like grab bars, motion sensor lighting, and slip-resistant tile in place, you can feel more confident in your home and remain independent as long as possible.
Curious about incorporating universal design in your home? Get in touch with our team! As a NARI Universal Design Certified Professional, we have the skills and experience to design a beautiful space that accommodates your every need.