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1 Universal Design for Better Living Building or Remodeling a Farmhouse for a Lifetime of Living

2 Universal Design for Better Living Universal Design Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. Ron Mace

3 Universal Design for Better LivingDefinitions Accessible Design – usable by people with disabilities Accessible Design – usable by people with disabilities Universal Design – appealing & usable by all people, including people with disabilities Universal Design – appealing & usable by all people, including people with disabilities Visit-Able Design – essential features of universal design Visit-Able Design – essential features of universal design

4 Universal Design for Better Living Universal Design for Better Living Program Situation: People want to “age in place” – but homes not designed for changing needs Situation: People want to “age in place” – but homes not designed for changing needs Purpose: Universal design can facilitate “aging in place” Purpose: Universal design can facilitate “aging in place” Funding: Iowa Department of Elder Affairs Funding: Iowa Department of Elder Affairs

5 Universal Design for Better Living Program Components Gadget Kits Gadget Kits Display Trailers Display Trailers Web Site: Universal Design & Home Accessibility Web Site: Universal Design & Home Accessibility Teaching Guides Teaching Guides

6 Universal Design for Better Living Five Lessons: 1. Universal Design: Better Tools for Everyday Tasks 2. The Easy-Visiting Home 3. The Essential Bathroom 4. Update Your Home for a Lifetime of Living 5. Planning a Community Event

7 Universal Design for Better Living Lesson Components Background readings Background readings Teaching materials Teaching materials Activities Activities PowerPoint presentations PowerPoint presentations Handouts Handouts Set mini-goals Set mini-goals Participant evaluations Participant evaluations Instructor feedback Instructor feedback

8 Universal Design for Better Living The Easy-Visiting Home

9 Universal Design for Better Living Start with the Basics (Easy-Visiting or “Visit-ability”) Can visitors get in the house? Can visitors get in the house? Can visitors get through the doorways? Can visitors get through the doorways? Can visitors use the bathroom? Can visitors use the bathroom?

10 Universal Design for Better Living Benefits of no-step entrances Easy to carry groceries Easy to carry groceries Easy to push a baby stroller Easy to push a baby stroller Easy to move furniture Easy to move furniture Easy to visit Easy to visit

11 Universal Design for Better Living Easy-visiting entrance

12 Universal Design for Better Living A ramp is an ugly solution

13 Universal Design for Better Living A home with a no-step entrance can be beautiful (And look like any other home in the neighborhood)

14 Universal Design for Better Living

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16 No-step entrance

17 Universal Design for Better Living No-step entry Lighting above address Lever door hardware Doorbell with light

18 Universal Design for Better Living Threshold transition less than ½” Non-slip flooring

19 Universal Design for Better Living What about no-step entrances on challenging sites?

20 Universal Design for Better Living Let car climb steep driveway to no- step porch entry

21 Universal Design for Better Living A “bridge” can stretch across a ditch

22 Universal Design for Better Living What about remodeling an older home?

23 Universal Design for Better Living Before: 1870s house with steps

24 Universal Design for Better Living After: 1870s house with no- step entrance

25 Universal Design for Better Living Low-cost access in rural Iowa Before: Steps After: No steps

26 Universal Design for Better Living Full-sized bath on main level

27 Universal Design for Better Living An Easy-Visiting Bathroom This Not this Impossible for wheelchair users Spacious for family & guests

28 Universal Design for Better Living The Essential Bathroom

29 Universal Design for Better Living Start with full-size bathroom on main level

30 Universal Design for Better Living Essential Features (universal design features) Open floor space (5-foot turning circle) Open floor space (5-foot turning circle) 32 inch doorway (preferably 36) 32 inch doorway (preferably 36) Shower (usually) or tub Shower (usually) or tub

31 Universal Design for Better Living Open floor space & wide doorways This Not this Impossible for wheelchair users Spacious for family & guests

32 Universal Design for Better Living Shower (36” x 36”) Shower usually more convenient than tub Shower usually more convenient than tub 36 x 36 size -- easy to reach controls from seated position 36 x 36 size -- easy to reach controls from seated position Can sit or stand to shower Can sit or stand to shower Adjustable shower head Removable seat

33 Universal Design for Better Living Bathtub Alternative Hand-held adjustable shower head Hand-held adjustable shower head Faucet controls off- set for easy reaching from outside tub Faucet controls off- set for easy reaching from outside tub Anti-scald controls Anti-scald controls

34 Universal Design for Better Living The Extras Other universal design features to add convenience and comfort

35 Universal Design for Better Living The Extras Lowered mirror Lowered mirror Non-slip flooring Non-slip flooring Removable base cabinet front Removable base cabinet front Continuous flooring under lavatory Continuous flooring under lavatory Raised toilet Raised toilet

36 Universal Design for Better Living The Sink Color contrast between counter & sink Color contrast between counter & sink Single-lever faucet Single-lever faucet Large, low mirror Large, low mirror Low energy nightlight Low energy nightlight

37 Universal Design for Better Living Gadgets & Gizmos Easy-change toilet tissue holder Easy-change toilet tissue holder Shampoo & soap dispenser Shampoo & soap dispenser

38 Universal Design for Better Living Plan for the future By including universal design features now, you won’t be forced to move or remodel if needs change in future.

39 Universal Design for Better Living Convenient now—and in future Open knee space for seated users

40 Universal Design for Better Living Open knee space under counter Convenient for wheelchair or seated users Convenient for wheelchair or seated users Electronic faucet – no handles to turn Electronic faucet – no handles to turn Large, low mirror Large, low mirror Lighting from top to bottom Lighting from top to bottom

41 Universal Design for Better Living Grab bars can be added later Fold-down grab bar Fold-down grab bar Grab bar in vertical position 

42 Universal Design for Better Living Remodeling an existing bathroom for wheelchair users Tub with transfer seating area Tub with transfer seating area “Transfer shower” (36” x 36”) “Transfer shower” (36” x 36”) Tub replacement shower (36 x 60”) Tub replacement shower (36 x 60”) Roll-in shower (60” x 60”) Roll-in shower (60” x 60”)

43 Universal Design for Better Living Electronic toilet seat lifter No remodeling required No remodeling required Remove existing toilet seat & bolt on lifter Remove existing toilet seat & bolt on lifter Plug into electrical outlet Plug into electrical outlet Push button to raise & lower seat Push button to raise & lower seat

44 Universal Design for Better Living Update Your Home for a Lifetime of Living

45 Universal Design for Better Living Can your home pass 3 tests? 1. Easy-visiting 2. Easy-living 3. Easy on the budget

46 Universal Design for Better Living 1. Easy-visiting test No-step entrance No-step entrance Full-sized bathroom on main level Full-sized bathroom on main level Bedroom on main level Bedroom on main level

47 Universal Design for Better Living Easy-visiting entrance

48 Universal Design for Better Living New entrance No steps No steps Covered entry Covered entry Package shelf Package shelf Lever handles Lever handles Motion lights Motion lights Chair for resting Chair for resting

49 Universal Design for Better Living Remodeled entrance Front entrance with stepsSide entrance no steps

50 Universal Design for Better Living Easy-Visiting Bathroom This Not this Impossible for wheelchair users Spacious for family & guests

51 Universal Design for Better Living Full-sized bath on main level

52 Universal Design for Better Living Bedroom on main level Convenient for guests Convenient for guests Place to recuperate after an illness Place to recuperate after an illness Future main bedroom if steps become problem Future main bedroom if steps become problem

53 Universal Design for Better Living 2. Easy-living test Space for activities Space for activities Safety and security Safety and security Convenience and comfort Convenience and comfort

54 Universal Design for Better Living Plan quality space for hobbies Seated work area Seated work area Extra storage space Extra storage space Good lighting Good lighting Clean-up sink Clean-up sink Art room for active artist

55 Universal Design for Better Living Plan for security and safety Power-failure lights Power-failure lights Smoke detectors Smoke detectors Carbon monoxide detectors Carbon monoxide detectors Motion-detector lighting Motion-detector lighting Security system Security system

56 Universal Design for Better Living Plan for convenience & comfort Light switches at waist level Light switches at waist level Rocker switches Rocker switches

57 Universal Design for Better LivingDoors 36 in wide 36 in wide Lever handles Lever handles

58 Universal Design for Better Living Laundry Room Laundry on main floor Laundry on main floor Raised access laundry Raised access laundry Front loading machines Front loading machines Built-in ironing board Built-in ironing board

59 Universal Design for Better Living Garage Entrance Handrails on both sides of steps Handrails on both sides of steps Extended handrail at top and bottom of stairs Extended handrail at top and bottom of stairs Shoe bench near garage Shoe bench near garage

60 Universal Design for Better Living 3. Easy on the budget Home energy audit Home energy audit Energy Star ® appliances Energy Star ® appliances Energy-efficient replacement windows Energy-efficient replacement windows Passive solar (new windows on south) Passive solar (new windows on south)

61 Universal Design for Better Living Universal design invites a lifetime of living

62 Universal Design for Better Living Learn more about universal design  Iowa State University Extension Web Site on Universal Design & Home Accessibility:   Visit Universal Design Learning Lab on ISU campus:  Call to make appointment

63 Universal Design for Better Living Teaching Tips Computer access is essential Computer access is essential All materials available on Web site: All materials available on Web site: Gadget kits available from Area Agencies on Aging or selected ISU Extension offices Gadget kits available from Area Agencies on Aging or selected ISU Extension offices Adapt lessons to suit your needs Adapt lessons to suit your needs Ask questions Ask questions Send feedback Send feedback

64 Universal Design for Better Living Planning a Community Event Universal Design Display Trailers Bathroom Trailer (2 bathrooms) Bathroom Trailer (2 bathrooms) Kitchen Trailer (kitchen prototype modules) Kitchen Trailer (kitchen prototype modules)

65 Universal Design for Better LivingContact Mary H. Yearns Extension Housing Specialist Iowa State University Ames, IA


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