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Universal Design


Accessible Lifestyle helps individuals and families adapt their spaces to meet the need of change in lifestyle, health or mobility caused by aging, accidents or health issues.


From installing wheelchair, mobility scooter or walker ramps to renovating bathrooms and kitchens for universal access to fully remodeling or building an addition, Accessible Lifestyle's results allow the individual to live in their space with as much self-sufficiency and safety as possible.


We help people:


  • Make it easier to accomplish activities of daily living such as dressing, eating and bathing.
  • Live in a safer environment and help prevent accidents for the elderly or less mobile resident.
  • Increase their independence and live more comfortably.


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Universal-Design Standards


Excerpt taken from:

The Real Estate BUYER’S AGENT Council, Inc., Senior Real Estate Specialist Designation Course and Center for Universal Design, College of Design, North Carolina State University


Universal design is the creation of products and environments so that they are usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.  They help the user physically cope without discomfort.  Universal design features can make it possible for an aging homeowner to remain comfortably and safely in the home on an independent basis and for a longer time.  An example of universal design is the Good Grips kitchen tools.  These ergonomic kitchen tools are the result of the designer’s frustration when observing his arthritic wife’s difficulties with the  use of most kitchen tools and gadgets; even the company’s name OXO, is the same spelled backwards, forward, and upside down – universal design name.


The Center for Universal Design lists the following seven principles that guide the design of products and environments:


Equitable use


  • Designed for people with diverse abilities, appealing to all users, not segregating or stigmatizing any users
  • Privacy, safety and security are equally available for all
  • Same means of use or equivalent


Flexibility in use


  • Accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities
  • Adaptable to user’s pace
  • Serves both left- and right-handed users and aids the user’s precision


Simple & Intuitive


  • Easy to understand how to use the item, independent of experience, language, knowledge, or ability to focus
  • Consistent with user expectations and intuition
  • Information arrangement is consistent with its importance


Perceptible information


  • Design communicates what the user needs to know independent of the surrounding conditions or the user’s senses, such as hearing
  • Provides the information several ways, such as verbally, visually, by touch for the blind, and in large print for those with low vision


Tolerance for error


  • Minimizes hazards, such as the barbeque requiring two actions to ignite the propane burner
  • Provides warnings of hazards and errors
  • Minimizes consequences of accidents and mistakes, provides fail safe features
  • Provides a means to correct mistakes, such as the cancel button on an ATM


Low physical effort


  • Reduces repetition and sustained effort
  • Uses reasonable operating force, such as lever door handles and faucets
  • Allows user to maintain a neutral, normal body position, little or no bending


Size and space or approach and use regardless of body size, posture, or mobility

  • Clear line of sight for standing or seated user
  • Components are reachable for a seated or standing user, such as controls upfront on a dishwasher
  • Accommodates variations in hand and grip size
  • User can approach, reach, or manipulate in the appropriated space, such as doors and hallways wide enough for wheelchairs and reduced-height or extended counters to accommodate people of small stature or in wheel chairs
Options for accessible living are limitless and often described by terms like universal design, barrier-free, or special needs. Regardless of how the need is described, Accessible Lifestyle has the resources and years of building expertise to assess your situation and create the environment that meets your needs.


Phone: (936) 760-2601


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