Universal Design Aims at Graying Boomers

Universal design is a style of home design that includes smooth, stair-less entries to homes; wide hallways and doorways; door handles other than knobs; and easy-to-reach light switches and electrical outlets.

  • Wide hallways and floors without obstructions are features of Michael Rose's "lifestyle design." (SHNS photo by Bill Clark / Scripps Howard News Service)
  • Michael Rose enters his Potomac, Md. house. The wheelchair ramp to his front door is designed to be functional but hidden from view. (SHNS photo by Bill Clark / Scripps Howard News Service)
  • The remote control unit lowers the bar to wheelchair height in Michael Rose's Potomac, Md., home. (SHNS photo by Bill Clark / Scripps Howard News Service)
  • Michael Rose's home features a wheelchair accessible kitchen. (SHNS photo by Bill Clark / Scripps Howard News Service)
  • Michael Rose poses in the foyer of his Potomac, Md. house. (SHNS photo by Bill Clark / Scripps Howard News Service)
  • One feature of universal design is a large no-threshold shower with either built-in steps or stools, such as this one in a home by Bonhambuilt, Inc., in Alpharetta, Ga. (SHNS photo courtesy EasyLiving Home)
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