Universal Design was originally invented by Ronald L. Mace at the Center for Universal Design in 1997 and has since become an integral piece of quality design. By incorporating Universal Design into your home renovation, you are creating a space that you can enjoy for years to come.
What is Universal Design?
By definition, Universal Design is the idea that products or environments can be easily used by most individuals, regardless of their age, size or ability, without the need for specialized design or adaptation. This allows people to use their homes both in younger, more able-bodied years as well as later in life, when certain tasks may be more challenging.
Universal Design Features
While it may seem complicated at first, implementing Universal Design features in your home can be easily accomplished when incorporated into a renovation project. If you’re considering a kitchen reno, for example, there are a few features that can make a big impact with a few key design choices.
- Multiple countertop heights. With variable heights, children can stand or adults can sit and prepare meals at shorter countertops, while standing adults can work at taller countertops.
- Hands-free features.With the right hinges or mechanisms, people can open cabinets and swivel doors out of the way simply with a bump of the elbow, hip, toe, or whatever else is convenient at the time!
- Easy-reach shelves. Shelves can be far more accessible for everyone when they are on a track and easily pulled out of the cabinet. Drawers, too, are becoming far more popular because of their ease of use.
- Helpful hardware. Before installing knobs on cabinets and drawers, consider choosing lever handles or ring pulls for easy maneuvering and stylish appearance.
How can Sorrell’s Cabinet Company help?
Now that we’ve established what Universal Design is and what it can look like in your home, it’s a great time to consider how we can help you implement them. We are proud to offer quality design services to provide you with unique cabinets that will suit all of your requirements.
Ready to go? Give our fantastic team in Lillington, NC a call at 919-639-4320 or contact us online to get started on your kitchen reno today!