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Asheville Handicap Accessible Real Estate- Wheels & Universal Design Elements Series- Part 3-

Asheville Real Estate Journal. - Universal Design Elements  for All Ages anNew Green-Built Home at the Villages at Crest Mountain is an Example of Universal Design Elements Geared for All Sizes and Agesd Sizes  -Families of all ages and sizes can delight in homes where a serious nod has been given to universal design elements.

Ages and sizes matter, especially if you are a Baby Boomer who desires to stay in your home.

In Part 1 and Part 2* (see below)  of this series, we took a look  at a number of such features. Here the list of universal design elements to consider if you are any age or size.

I'm smiling as I think about the "universal" part of "universal design elements"... and am reminded of this Healthy® Built Home (see photo)just completed at the Villages at Crest Mountain,  in Asheville's LEED®  Registered Neighborhood.

it is a perfect example, as is the one shown in the previous post and video in this series, of the happy use of universal design elements.

UNIVERSAL DESIGN ELEMENTS can be a comfort to those who live within such homes...Let me expand on that with a few more elements to consider:

Electrical, Lighting, Safety and Security- Light switches by each entrance to halls and rooms, light switches, thermostats and other environmental controls placed in accessible locations no higher than 48 inches from floor. clear access space of 30 inches by 48 inches in front of switches and controls, rocker or touch light switches, high-tech security/intercom system that can be monitored, with the heating, air conditioning and lighting, from any TV in the house, pre-programmed thermostats, wired for computers

Flooring - Smooth, non-glare, slip-resistant surfaces, interior and exterior  (we like bamboo and recycled hardwoods)

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning -HVAC  designed so filters are easily accessible , energy efficient units, windows that can be opened for cross ventilation, fresh air

Energy Efficient Features- In-line framing with 2 by 6 studs spaced 24-inch on center, air-barrier installation and sealing of duct work with mastic, eeduced-size air conditioning units with gas furnaces, mechanical fresh air ventilation, installation of air returns in all bedrooms and use of carbon monoxide detectors, installation of energy efficient windows with Low-E glass

Reduced Maintenance/Convenience Features - Easy to clean surfaces. a central vacuum, built-in recycling system, and an intercom system 

Exterior- Low-maintenance exterior (fibercement, brick)- native, low-maintenance shrubs and plants, deck, patio or balcony surfaces are no more than ½ inch below interior floor level if made of wood

Whether you are buying or selling property, I am a seasoned REALTOR® who successfully can complete real estate transactions in the beautiful Asheville North Carolina area.  Our areas of specialization:  1) Aging in Place in WNC HealthyBuilt® / Accessible/ Universal Design  Quality Mountain Homes and 2) LAND!

* Part I :  80% of Baby Boomers Desire THIS!     and 
* Part II: Needs of families of All Sizes and Ages

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I'm smiling as I think about the "universal" part of "universal design elements" about YOU?

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 9 years ago

I like the "serious nod" phrasing. Neat looking home.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 9 years ago


What's the size (square feet) of that house in the photo?

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 9 years ago

That doesn’t look like a house. It looks like a play house, and I’m thinking I could do a lot of playing in that house!

Posted by Not a real person about 9 years ago

janeAnne - I know that UNC was doing a lot of research on "aging in place" and building suggestions.  Are they still the best source for follow up data?  This series is great ... and falls into a special niche market to which I'm attracted.  I look forward to future "parts!"

Posted by Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton, The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton (The Nines Team At Keller Williams) about 9 years ago

LOL @ Russel!  I was thinking the same thing!  I had a home inspection done on a house built in the 70s and the inspector said it was the most energy efficient 70s built home he ever inspected!  I thought of you :)

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) about 9 years ago

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