Understanding how to implement the elements of universal design in your custom home will improve it’s functionality and comfortability for years to come. Here’s what you need to know:

What is Universal Design?

Universal design allows all generations and physical abilities to function and thrive within the home. It makes a home convenient, usable, and accessible for every person.

Why is Universal Design Important?

You never know who will be staying in or living in your home– for the short-term or long-term. Consider your elderly parents or grandparents. Or, think about your future life stages. Is it important to you that people of all ages and stages are comfortable in your home? If so, universal design is important to consider when designing your custom home.

How to Implement the Elements of Universal Design

Here are some ways you can implement the elements of universal design in your custom home:

  • Wider hallways and doorways
  • Stacking closets (in two story homes) to allow the addition of an elevator in the future
  • Step-free entries
  • Step-free showers
  • Motion-sense lighting
  • Secondary bedroom on the first floor

Morning Star Builder’s President, Yvonne, is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAS), who can assist in universal design and creating barrier free custom homes for Morning Star clients.