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Entrance, Walkways, and Lighting Ideas that make Coming Home Easier
Your new Universal Design home design begins with thoughtful entrances, walkways and lighting. Whether you're considering a new home in a 55+ community, or a fabulous home on acreage of your own, here's what you need to know - and what else to ask about from your accessible home builder:
The entrance to your Universal Design home is where it all begins. Before you get started with your Universal Design home, think about including some or all of these Universal Design features.
At least one entrance that doesn't require steps
Porch floor, stoop, or landing should be at the same level as the floor inside the home
Exterior door at least 35 inches wide
Eye-level peephole for adults, children, and wheelchair access
Lever or D-shaped door handle
Easy-to-reach, lighted doorbell or intercom
No slip flooring
Large, simple typeface house numbers 60 inches off the floor
Overhead covering (roof extension, overhang or awning)
Chair, small table, bench or shelf by the door
Don't forget about how you and your guests will actually gain access to your new Universal Design home! Universal Design concepts extend to the outdoors, and should include easy ways to get to that fabulous entrance.
Level or gradually sloping
36 inches to 66 inches wide
Concrete or other solid surface material
No more than one inch rise for each 12 inches in length
Five foot landing at top and wherever ramp changes direction
Handrails on both sides that can be gripped while sitting and standing
Lighting can be easy to overlook. But a few small additions can really brighten your new Universal Design home.
Small, low-voltage lights that illuminate walkways, with extra lights as elevation changes
Covered light fixtures above eye level at entrance to minimize glare
Several fixtures such as scones or hanging lanterns
Recess lights in the underside of eaves or roof overhang
Perimeter area spotlights directed at walls, dark corners and garages
Motion or light sensor that switches on and off automatically
Door locks that are easy to operate, such as keyless locks with remote control, push-button or keypad
Intercom system-connected to phone or stand-alone
Passive or active solar heating (e.g., south facing windows)
*Universal Design (UD) (encompassing "aging in place," "accessible living," and "barrier-free living") is an approach to building that makes everyday actions easier.
Universal Design meets the needs of the present and the future.
Consider universal design concepts for your next home - universal design is most cost efficient and effective when incorporated directly into your new home, and is increasingly popular in Raleigh 55+ communities.
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