Universal Design/Aging in Place - for Homes that Grow with You

Universal Design

Universal Design and Aging in Place are a concepts employed by Sareth Builders to help ensure the homes we build are functional for family members and their guests whether they are starting a family or they are enjoying their retirement years. When applied in a residential setting, Universal Design and Aging in Place function to ensure that the layout of the home can accommodate people as they age and potentially lose some or all of their mobility. For example, a younger couple may not consider the need for an elevator in designing their home today. However, space can be set aside to accommodate the installation of an elevator in the future without the need for major renovations. Other considerations of universal design/aging in place include:

  • Wider doorways and hallways to accommodate reduced mobility
  • Curb-less shower entries to avoid tripping or the need to lift up legs
  • Showers and tub walls built ready for installation of hand rails
  • Entry and exit areas designed for easy access
  • Cabinets with pull-out shelves for ease of use
  • Countertops at varying heights to accommodate use while standing or seated
  • Electrical outlets that are easily accessed without bending down
  • Easy to operate levers on doors rather than knobs which require twisting
  • Windows that can be opened with little effort
  • Space set aside to accommodate the possible addition of an elevator

Sareth Builders is an NAHB Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS)


If you are interested in learning more about of the subject of universal design, we suggest visiting the website of Lisa Sandlin here.