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Thoughts on universal design


It’s a fact: nothing is certain by death and taxes, and before we die, we will (hopefully!) be old. Old age means various physical and mental changes, and with more and more Baby Boomers joining the ranks of the 65 and over crowd everyday, universal design is something builders and remodelers should be thinking about.

It’s everything from wheelchair ramps, to height of the windows to door hardware to toilets. With this growing focus, building professionals and homeowners are realizing that universal design doesn’t have to mean institutional-looking spaces: it’s possible to have your cake and eat it too when it comes to homes that will stand the test of time on the scales of both life and design.

Below are two videos from our sister brand, Marvin Windows and Doors. They feature Esther Greenhouse, an environmental gerontologist at Cornell University, covering some hot topics on universal design. What do you think?