If you are ready to remodel your home but nervous about choosing a design, consider an option that will be useful and timeless throughout the years. At Pathway in Seattle, WA, we offer universal design options for remodels that can last you through whatever stages of life you plan to go through in your home.
Learn more about universal home remodeling below or get in touch with our designers today.
Why Choose Universal Design?
Universal design is used to ensure that homes are compatible with all people, regardless of age or ability. At Pathway, we focus on aspects of both functionality and aesthetic to create the perfect space for you. You can enjoy a home that works for you now because it retains its beauty, but it is perfect for aging in place as well.
Plus, by using universal design in your remodel, you have the potential for a great return on investment if you decide to sell your home. By choosing designs that work for people of all abilities and disabilities, you can maximize the number of people who might take interest in your home without alienating anyone because of a disability or a poor design.
Incorporating Universal Design
Structural changes are often required when thinking about starting a home remodeling project. Many things need to be considered such as widening doorways and removing walls. Here are a few features of universal-designed homes that are meant to keep you comfortable for the long term.
Bathrooms are generally the first rooms to be remodeled and there are a number of things to consider such as comfort-height toilets, trench drains, rails, and grab bars. Incorporating universal design into the bathroom will give you the peace of mind that you'll be comfortable and safe throughout the years to come.
Easy-accessible appliances can greatly improve your safety and quality of life. Drawer appliances that are pull-out such as dishwashers, microwaves, and refrigerators make it much easier to access. The only disadvantage is that they are generally smaller than standard models.
A lot of time is spent in the kitchen so it's important to think about accessibility. It can be much harder to access food utensils if you have to bend around and rummage through cabinets. Using raised base cabinets is a great way to reduce all that bending. Installing lazy susan's, pull-out cabinetry, and slide-out shelves can eliminate all that difficult reaching. For people who use wheelchairs pull-out work surfaces should be integrated into the universal design remodeling project for better accessibility.
Having easy access to things in your home is key when considering universal design. Remote controls, elevators, switch & outlet heights, lever-style door handles, alarms, and sensors are just a few things that can offer easier access.
Why Choose Us?
Pathway is committed to improving your home while being conscious of health and wellness. Just as we believe in a world where people of all abilities are included, we also believe in keeping that world clean. To do this, we offer up-to-date options, such as smart designs, eco-friendly products, and energy-efficient options.
If you are ready to make the world a better place, be more inclusive for all individuals, or plan for your future, universal design might be the best option for you. Get in touch with our award-winning team today by filling out our contact form. We can’t wait to work with you!