Improving Livable Spaces
"Universal Design" is defined as adding elements that improve the daily comfort, ease-of-use and home safety for residents. These features become even more important as homeowners enter retirement age. Here are a few ways you can use doors and windows in Universal Design:
Improve Doorway Access
Wider doorways make it easier to enter a home and maneuver from room to room. A 36-inch width allows added access for wheelchairs and walkers. In addition, smooth, flush door transitions, such as the one on the JELD-WEN® multi-slide door system with an integrated track, also eliminate tripping hazards.
Add Glass Inserts to Increase Visibility
Rather than relying on peepholes to provide a way to see visitors at the front door, install glass inserts and/or sidelights to make viewing more convenient.
Maximize Space with Pocket Doors
Homeowners facing mobility issues prefer pocket doors that slide open and closed. Pocket doors also create an additional 10 square feet of usable space compared to the swing area taken up by a traditional hanging door.
Install Easy-to-Operate Windows
Locking mechanisms that can be engaged simply, like the JELD-WEN MAG-Lock® which can be operated with one hand, are suitable for homeowners with hand movement and strength challenges.
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