Earlier this week we began our series Why Hire and Architect, and our first reason why you should hire an architect is because architects can help you develop a Universal Design throughout your home. Universal Design is a process in which environments are created that are capable of being used by people of all ages and abilities to the widest extent, without needing special adaptions or additional designs. The special design process is composed of seven principles that serve as a guide during a new home design process, or as a reference in remodels. The principles of Universal Design include:
- Equitable use- the design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.
- Flexibility in use- the design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.
- Simple and Intuitive Use- use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user’s experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level.
- Perceptible Information- he design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user’s sensory abilities.
- Tolerance for Error- the design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidents.
- Low Physical effort- the design can be used efficiently, comfortably and with minimum ease.
- Size and Space for Approach and Use- the correct size and space are provided for approach, reach, manipulation, and use regardless of users body size, posture or mobility.
Principles found on The Center for Universal Design
Would you like for your home to feature a Universal Design? Call Design Build Team today to discuss the options of your distinctive space with the architect on our team!
An architect can meet a client’s needs today, in the future, and for the unexpected. Some projects have many tough problems to solve in limited space and perhaps within a limited budget. There are usually several possible solutions to each problem and usually several more problems that weren’t ever thought of. An architect can not only help you to identify these future concerns, but can also provide various possibilities specific to you and your family.
Long range planning may also come into play. Some families want to be able to expand their home in the future. Others may have aging parents to care for, and others still may want the option to age in place. All of these future plans need to be considered at the beginning so that a seamless integration can be made when the time comes.
With all of the various questions facing you and your family, today and tomorrow, building a home can be a frustrating proposition often resulting in negative compromise. A skilled, professional architect can guide you through this process. They have helped many clients in the past to identify and solve similar issues, and can provide the good kind of compromises in which everyone wins. We believe a home should fulfill your needs for today, but adapt gracefully as you grow.