Choosing Modern Design
Most homeowners who love modern design also want their space to be warm and inviting. Fortunately, a streamlined modern interior can also be luxurious and welcoming, layered with classic elements full of texture and interest.
Universal design creates spaces that are more comfortable, accessible and easy to use for people of any age, size or ability. Three words capture the spirit of spaces that have been built with universal design in mind: adaptable, easy and open.
Adaptable: Is your home flexible and versatile enough to meet the needs of everyone? Can the features of the space be easily changed or adjusted? For example, adding hinged pocket doors that can slide back (instead of a cabinet in the kitchen or under the bathroom sink) enables the doors to be closed for storage or opened to allow a chair or wheelchair to fit in the space below the counter.
Easy: Are features in your home easy to use? For example, adding pull-out drawers to kitchens and bathrooms can make reaching for items much easier. Adding lever-style handles on doors and faucets can reduce the physical effort to enter a room or turn the water on or off.
Open: Is there ample room to maneuver or to use the features in the room? For example, eliminating thresholds between rooms and maximizing the amount of available space allows people with varying abilities to use the room.
Incorporating universal design features can help enhance the match between your housing and your lifestyle and won’t make a home look institutional; there is ample opportunity to ensure that your personal preferences will be reflected in the design. Convenient, comfortable and safe can still be beautiful. Whether you are planning to update or renovate your current home, or purchase a new one, you can optimize your living space, and universal design may help you do so.
Making your home comfortable and safe for everyone in your life isn’t always easy, and it’s hard to plan for uncertainties that may happen, but there are ways to update your home to improve the way it fits you. Whether you are planning to update or renovate your current home, or purchase a new one, you can optimize your living space, and universal design may help you do so.
But you can also consider whether home fits your needs, desire to live comfortably, ability to move around the space conveniently, and capacity to accommodate any temporary limitations you may experience.