03 Oct

Universal Design

General Contractor Ben Becker of BLB Custom Building is participating in extensive training through the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI) in their Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP) program, creating accessible spaces for families looking to age-in-place or families with special needs. Incorporating universal design methods and techniques into remodeling and building plans enables BLB to create custom spaces for our clients that lend to the specific needs of each unique family and home.

29 Orchard 1 0026

Handicap accessible kitchen design on the main floor, open to the large living and dining spaces.

BLB Custom Building’s unique 5,000 square-foot ICF energy efficient build in Newbury, MA, was designed with age-in-place living in mind. With two families living in one space, the homeowners took into consideration their changing physical needs over time, and worked with General Contractor Ben Becker to create a floor plan that would enable them to function and live comfortably. For comfortable one-floor living, their main level features a grand living space, a handicap accessible kitchen, as well as two master suites on the main floor with their own handicap accessible bathrooms. Additionally, an elevator was installed, acting as a wheelchair lift, for use in the future.

NARI’s 7 Principle of Universal Design:

  1. Design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.
  2. Design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.
  3. Use of design is easy to understand regardless of the user’s experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level.
  4. Design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user’s sensory abilities.
  5. Design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions.
  6. Design can be used efficiently and comfortably and with a minimum of fatigue.
  7. Appropriate size and space is provided for approach, reach, manipulation, and use regardless of the user’s body size, posture or mobility.

Sources: http://www.nari.org/