Implementing Universal Design and Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population (Print)

Over the next 20 years the majority of the U.S. population will be over age 55. As we age we need to re-evaluate our physical and mental capacities, and our ability to live independently. Homes outfitted to suit needs at age 45 could be significantly different than what is needed at age 65 and older. Universal Design strategies will help you reshape the homes and lives of independent individuals who want to age in their homes, where they are most comfortable.

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2015 Home For Life Product Showcase

With support from the remodeling and building industry’s foremost product suppliers, Home for Life incorporates the latest in innovative products that serve to enhance accessibility, boost efficiency, and ensure durability.

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Special thanks to our partners:
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Home Fit Guide

The AARP HomeFit Guide was created to help people stay in the homes they love by turning where they live into a "lifelong home," suitable for themselves and anyone in their household.
Read and watch the solutions offered that are well worth the expense.

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Understanding Universal Design and Business Needs

There are multiple ways to succeed in remodeling and home improvement, and there's no rule that says you can't succeed in more than one line of business simultaneously.
John Robertson from HomeKeepers explains how Universal Design and business needs can aid in that success.

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Special thanks to our partners:
AARP | Better Living Designs | Building Performance Institute | CASE Design/Remodeling, Inc. | NAHB Remodelers | NARI | U.S. Dept. of Energy

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Universal Design 101

Richard Duncan offers a primer on designing, marketing, and selling homes that make life easier on every member of the family.
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Special thanks to our partners:
AARP | Better Living Designs | Building Performance Institute | CASE Design/Remodeling, Inc. | NAHB Remodelers | NARI | U.S. Dept. of Energy

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2015 Home For Life Virtual Show Home

Home for Life is designed to showcase the concepts of universal design and aging in place—a hot topic for remodelers and consumers alike.

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Special thanks to our partners:
AARP | Better Living Designs | Building Performance Institute | CASE Design/Remodeling, Inc. | NAHB Remodelers | NARI | U.S. Dept. of Energy

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Cable Railing Assemblies: Prefabricated Kits and Custom Design Options

This course starts off with an overview of cable railing assemblies, and goes on to describe the different types available and the advantages. The course will also take a closer look at how the use of cable infill will affect the design of the railing frame while addressing the different end and corner post and frame design requirements. This course also looks at prefabricated cable assembly kits and all of the different components and installation ideas. Also, it takes a closer look at the idea of custom cable installations.

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Improving the Mind and Body with Wall Protection (Print)

This article originally appeared in the November/December 2013 issue of Residential Architect Magazine.

Historically, designers of buildings have been challenged when trying to incorporate pleasing visual images into the design because the demands of heavily trafficked areas often require wall protection to minimize damage to the structure. Today, new technology allows for the printing of imagery on traditionally drab wall protection products, specifically rigid sheets. By combining the positive elements of attractive imagery with the durability and healthful attributes of wall protection, designers can enhance the built environment and improve client satisfaction while creating a safer and more healthful indoor environment for everyone.

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Specifying Luxury Kitchens in Small Spaces — For Apartments, Condos, Vacation Homes and More

This educational unit has been designed to educate architects, designers, contractors and installers about Specifying Luxury Kitchens in Small Spaces. While primary homes are big and getting bigger, there are many reasons why an architect or designer is likely to encounter smaller kitchens. The cases range from city apartments to vacation condos to pied-a-terres and even yachts.

While kitchens in these residences may be relatively small, they can still have the upscale finishes, quality appliances and all the bells and whistles the luxury clientele expects. This course describes general design considerations for specifying smaller kitchens, discusses refrigeration and cooking appliances that make most sense in a smaller space, and then suggests how to spread kitchen functions beyond the kitchen and into the rest of the home.

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Luxury Kitchen Specification For Aging in Place, Forward-Thinking Options for the Mature Client

This educational unit has been designed to educate architects, designers, contractors and installers about Specifying Luxury Kitchens for Aging in Place. The need for kitchens with Universal Design, which are accessible for the greatest number of users no matter what their ability or disability, is spelled out. The percentage of the population over 65 is fast growing, and the vast majority of people want to stay in their homes as they age, but most homes are woefully inadequate to be safe and accessible for this population. This course describes general design considerations to make a luxury kitchen suitable for all users, and indicates which features in cooking and refrigeration appliances are safe and accessible.

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