Recent Universal Design Articles


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10 Bathroom Safety Tips for the Whole Family

Posted by Laura Firszt | Aug 17, 2016

Did you know the most dangerous room in your house is the bathroom? More home accidents occur there than anywhere else, and family members of whatever age -- from newborns to 90-somethings...


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Maximize Your Kitchen Remodel with Clever New Features

Posted by Laura Firszt | Dec 03, 2015

Planning to remodel your kitchen? How exciting! You are about to fulfill what is most likely a long-term dream. Granted, you're going to have some hectic weeks ahead of you, but it...


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World Habitat Day: Adequate Shelter, Safe Public Spaces

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 27, 2015

Get ready for World Habitat Day. It's coming up on October 5th this year This day, observed annually on the first Monday in October, was established by the United Nations in 1986, as...


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Disabled Access Remodel AKA Universal Design

Posted by Laura Firszt | Mar 01, 2015

Universal design is one of the most important trends in residential construction and home improvement today. Also known as disabled access or visitability, this type of design allows...


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Build Wood Decks/Porches/Ramps Good-Looking and Safe

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jan 26, 2015

Nothing beats the look of real wood. Natural woods add eye appeal to any part of your home, but are especially important in highly visible outdoor decks, porches, and ramps. Of course,...


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Bathtub or Shower: What's Best for You?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Dec 23, 2014

Will a bathtub or shower work better in your home? The answer is simple: there is no clear-cut answer. Both types of bathing facilities have numerous advantages and disadvantages,...


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Remodeling Your Attic: Find Out Before You Start

Posted by Laura Firszt | Dec 09, 2014

So you're thinking of remodeling your attic? Great! You'll add valuable living or working space to your home without increasing its footprint or impinging on your yard. But before you...


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Install a Safe Shower for Universal Access

Posted by Laura Firszt | Dec 02, 2014

The idea of universal design is all about offering quick and easy access to every part of your home. It builds in the flexibility to accommodate users in any state of health or physical...