The dramatic aging of the U.S. population in coming decades is expected to have important implications for the home remodeling industry. Of the over 25 million households age 65 and over today, the Joint Center estimates that 44 percent have some need for home accessibility features due to disability or difficulty using components of the home, such as kitchen or bathroom facilities.
The AARP HomeFit Guide was created to help people stay in the home they love by turning where they live into a “lifelong home,” suitable for themselves and anyone in their household. The guide offers solutions that range from simple do-it-yourself fixes to improvements that require skilled expertise.
Today’s homeowners are better informed about remodeling than ever before, in part due to TV remodeling shows and researching product information online. While all this information has created a more informed customer, it has also accounted for a shift in how remodelers rethink their client communication skills.
Design influences come from everywhere—fashion runways, trade magazines, smart technology, the sustainability movement, and the media. Adaptability, also known as universal design, is showing up in products that allow people of all abilities to use them. In bathrooms, adaptability features show up in spa-like showers without the potential tripping hazard of a curb, integral shower seats and towel bars that do double duty as supports. All of these features are finding their way into residential bathrooms because they provide extra utility, as well as beauty.
It has become very important for architects to understand how to choose a sustainable window and window frame system that will promote comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and longevity through quality construction. Learn more about Sustainable Design for Windows and how choosing an ENERGY STAR® rated window can contribute towards LEED for Homes credit.
This course examines the difference between universal design and accessibility required by law, and lists the types of people of varied abilities who benefit from universal design, particularly as it applies to homes. We then take a look at the 7 Principles of Universal Design, as developed by the North Carolina State University’s College of Design, and explore examples of each, from windows set low enough to offer views to a person in a wheelchair, to sliding doors that open with a touch to accommodate those with arthritis or other challenges. Finally, we look at the business side of universal design and discussing the principles with clients.
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.
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