When I work with home buyers, I often bring up the subject of Universal Design – i.e. what features should their home have that will allow them to live there comfortably and safely for a long time – and accommodate their lifestyle as they age? And, beyond that, what features does the home have that will attract the next homeowners when it’s time to sell?
I am continually learning more about Universal Design, and how the features can also nourish our body, mind, and soul while living in a healthy home. There are lots of great resources available – I found this article from Ai-Media to be full of good information on how and why to consider expanding the concepts in Universal Design into our everyday living.
For me, a loose definition of Universal Design within the context of our home is:
When you’re considering your next home, take some time to evaluate what Universal Design looks like for you and how it can enhance your family’s lifestyle now, and as your needs might change in the future.