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Universal Design - Making Homes More Accessible

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ARTICLE: Universal design making homes more accessible.

By Bethany Clough

McClatchy Newspapers

Sunday, September 30, 2007

FRESNO, Calif. — The house with the stone exterior on Eugenia Avenue looks like any other house in this quiet neighbourhood.

But it isn't.

The home has extra-wide hallways, lowered kitchen counters, thermostats reachable by people in wheelchairs and level doorways that a person using a walker easily can get through.

It's a new style of home building called universal design, meant to make houses accessible to everyone, whether they're disabled, have young children or just want an easier time moving a couch through the front door. This model is the first of its kind in Fresno, Calif., by a major subdivision builder, and something home buyers will see more of in coming years, says Michael Sigala, Fresno's housing and community development manager.

 


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