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Visitability: A Way of Thinking About Aging and Design

As the population ages and more people are living with physical disabilities, housing and community development must be re-examined. Inaccessible homes impede the daily lives of people who are mobility impaired due to illness, accident or age. Visitors to inaccessible homes face the danger of falling on the entry steps, the worry of not fitting into a bathroom and the embarrassment of being carried up the stairs. An affordable, sustainable and inclusive design approach for integrating basic accessibility features into all newly built homes is a movement known as Visitability.

In 1988, The Fair Housing Amendments Act created accessible units in all new multi-family housing apartments and condos with four or more units. In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act greatly increased accessibility to all government and public buildings. But detached single-family houses and town homes, where the majority of the population lives, are the last part of the built … Read More

Thinking About a Bathroom Remodel? Avoid These Mistakes

Many people have finally come to the point where they simply cannot stand their bathroom anymore and so comes the dreaded bathroom makeover. Not only is the makeover a little scary because of all of the work that is involved, but also there is typically a lot of money that gets spent. The thing is though; you can really cut down on the expense and the work with enough advance planning.

Write out all your plans and decorating ideas, before you just start ripping out the walls or plumbing. This will serve as your guide in order to make sure that you are staying on track. You will want to avoid some common bathroom makeover mistakes. As long as you know what these things are and do your best to not make these mistakes, the entire experience should be a pleasant one.

One of the biggest mistakes that people make … Read More