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  • As we change, physically and mentally, our homes should change with us.

Ever try to stuff more furniture in a room than it can handle? As our aging population start their migration to smaller, single floor homes be aware of the big three when shopping the existing home and new construction market. What is the big three? I’m talking about the three rooms we use the most. The master bathroom, master bedroom, and the kitchen come to mind, others may have a different opinion.

First, is the bathroom large enough to accommodate a wheelchair or walker, assuming all doors leading up to the bathroom are passable to this point. If so, can you enter and operate the shower controls, or the vanity faucet from a seated position? Where is the location of the toilet and how much room is around it? These are all key po...

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I recently discovered the world of Universal Design through a building project this past summer when the customer ask for UD features. Not knowing a lot about the concept, I was pleasantly surprised that our patio homes in Christiansburg, Virginia were perfect candidates for such a design.

So what’s UD principles? In a nutshell, its homes that are useable by most ages and varying degrees of ability. Flexibility in design regardless if you’re left or right handed. Easy to understand and use without complexity like a digital thermostat. Perceptible information that communicates effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions of the user’s sensory abilities (is the water hot or cold). Minimize hazards by providin...

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David Frank Homes

2772 Electric Rd SW

Roanoke, VA 24018

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