This post is the first in a series inspired by “A Friendly House” and follows previous Village posts on home modification by Stuart MacMillan, CSA, CAPS and Andy Goulding, AIA. In this series, we’ll continue exploring practical aging in place issues and opportunities and constraints to barrier-free living in our homes and communities, as well as share ways others have solved accessible design challenges.To start, we’ll begin with the concept of “Universal Design”.
As noted on the A Friendly House website, “Universal Design refers to making design choices that enable the use by virtually anyone, regardless of their abilities or disabilities.” According to the Center for Universal Design at NC State University, the Seven guiding Universal Design principles include:
Principle 1: Equitable Use
Principle 2: Flexibility in Use
Principle 3: Simple and Intuitive
Principle 4: Perceptible Information
Principle 5: Tolerance for Error
Principle 6: Low Physical Effort
Principle 7: Size and Space for Approach and Use
For a visual display of these principles, see: Pinterest board: The 7 Principles of Universal Design.
In our next post, we’ll take a closer look at the principle of “Equitable Use” and the concept that good design is design that is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.