In the Tri-Cities, there have been many new and beautiful condominiums built in the last few years. Some take in the beauty of the Columbia River or the scenic views of the ridges and hillsides of our desert paradise. These condo units provide ease of living for folks of many age ranges, and especially for older folks who are downsizing from large family homes. These condos offer an ease of lifestyle and most are maintained by the develops of the communities. No muss, no fuss, no maintenance! What else could you ask for?
If you’re nearing the age of 50, then you’ve probably already heard about a type of design in housing called “universal design”. Universal Design allows for the day in which mobility and energy of Baby Boomers may be reduced. For example, designers can create easily accessible, functional and beautiful bathrooms by integrating a large turning radius, wide doorways and level handles allowing those in a wheelchair easy access.
While is may not sound like much of a difference in traditional design, universal eliminates “steps or floor-height differentials and incorporating broad doorways and hallways throughout that take into account the potential for future lifestyle changes, says Nanette Oberly, VP of Epcon Co. A well-designed universal dwelling is one that anyone would be happy to call home.