Universal design is about creating accessible spaces for all people, not only to those who wish to age-in-place but also families with special needs and families that are forward thinking.
Universal design is easily incorporated into remodeling projects; in the same way clients choose materials or products, they also customize their living space to fit their current and future needs. Universal design takes thoughtful planning and creative thinking to design spaces for access across entire life span. Elements of universal design are integrated into the overall design becoming virtually invisible.
The 7 Principles of Universal Design
- Equitable use—Design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.
- Flexibility in use—Design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.
- Simple and intuitive use—use of design is easy to understand regardless of the user’s experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level.
- Perceptible information—Design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user’s sensory abilities.
- Tolerance for error—design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions.
- Low physical effort—design can be used efficiently and comfortably wand with a minimum of fatigue.
- Size and space for approach and use—appropriate size and space is provided for approach, reach, manipulation, and use regardless of the user’s body size, posture or mobility.
A Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP) goes through extensive training on how to interview clients with an understanding and consideration of their special needs and how to incorporate universal design into remodeling projects.
Find a Universal Design Certified Professional in your area here.
Alward Construction Company, Inc.
2017 Region 7 Southwest CotY Award Winner, Universal Design Project Recognition, Residential Addition Over $250,000