Universal Design

Universal Design

Universal design is an idea whose day has come.

Universal design homes are accessible (barrier-free), but are also much more than that. They are beautiful, functional, and comfortable for all people – from the very young to the elderly, from the hale and hearty to those with physical limitations (vision, hearing, arthritis . . . ) or mobility limitations.

Looking beyond the requirements for barrier-free design, a predominately disability-focused movement, universal design brings openness, light, and ease to the environment. Products for universal design, such as pull-down shelving and “designer” grab bars, allow daily tasks to be accomplished with greater independence and ease without sacrificing the home’s call for the aesthetic.


The term universal design was coined by Architect Ron Mace who defined it as “the concept of designing all products and the built environment to be aesthetic and usable to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of their age, ability, or status in life.”

Where thou art, that is home.
- Emily Dickinson