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Monday, July 7, 2008

Why Sidekick Believes in Universal Design

At Sidekick Homes all of our models are designed following the principals of Universal Design. That means:

  • designing homes that are easier to live in and more comfortable to use for all people regardless of physical stature, strength, age, or physical mobility;
  • gently sloping walks or ramps, free of steps, lead up to the entry door;
  • there are no steps within a home, except for stairs to a second floor;
  • elevators are provided in all two-story homes;
  • doors and hallways are wide, and there is room to move freely throughout the home;
  • lever door handles, on all doors, are easier to use than knobs;
  • bathrooms are large to allow the full use by those who require a wheelchair or other mobility aid;
  • at least two windows in each home open with an easy to use casement crank or are power operated;
  • light switches and electrical outlets are in easier to reach location;
  • kitchens have: easy to access lower storage cabinets, few or no high wall cabinets, and pantries where space allows.

Why do we believe this is important? Because no matter who lives in our homes, we want them to feel comfortable and competent in their home. We want them to be able to use the kitchens and bathrooms with ease, to be able to move easily from room to room, and for light switches and outlets never to be out of reach. We want our homes to be places where people feel they are in control of their surrounds and not the other way around.

posted by Custom Blogs @ 8:07 AM 


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