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Look at Universal Design to Solve Home Ownership Challenges Across the Board

No matter where you live, if you desire your home to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability, or situation, you are not alone. Here in Asheville there is  a noticeable demand for human scale design in homes. And shortly you can see why as, in Part 4 of this series, I take you on a  video tour of such a home. 

This home  is a solid example of the application of universal design elements and an adaptive environment that can work for all ages, abilities, and/or situations.  (P.S. -Please note that possibly very soon this home may be on our MLS here in Asheville, so check in with me if you are a person who, regardless of age, ability, or situation, appreciates universal design elements, and you would like to include a horse or two and maybe an organic garden in your life!) So here is the video I shot just the other day-- keep an eye out for the "zero-step" feature and please know that at least three (3) other design essentials exist in this home. Here, the homeowner explains the "livability" features of the home ...

1.Zero-step entrance, at the front, back or side of the house.
2. All main floor doors, including bathrooms, with at least 32 inches of clear passage space.
3. At least a half bath, preferably a full bath, on the main floor.

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* Part I :  80% of Baby Boomers Desire THIS!      
* Part II: Needs of families of All Sizes and Ages   
Part III: Families of All Ages and Sizes Delight- Universal Design Elements Series- Part 3-



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Thank You , JaneAnne. 

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Nor Yeretsian

Posted by Nor Yeretsian, Envoy Capitol Realty Inc., Brokerage Toronto (Envoy Capitol Realty Inc.) about 9 years ago

This home  is a solid example of the application of universal design elements and an adaptive environment that can work for all ages, abilities, and/or situations....could you envision this working for 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'm getting a little older myself and can appreciate the livibility of these features.  Best of luck with it.

Posted by Maureen Fukumoto, Maureen (Help-U-Sell Realty Pro) about 9 years ago
JaneAnne, with the baby boomers growing closer to the age where all these elements are necessary to maintainindependt living, this is a critical post. Thanks.
Posted by Janice Roosevelt, OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker ( Keller Williams Brandywine Valley ) about 9 years ago

janeAnne - I suspect that for most of us it is just a matter of sensitivity ... becoming aware and then not being willing to settle.  Builders here still build they same product that they've built for the last decade!  Not one of them would think they were "exclusive" in anyway.  They just don't think about it!  Thanks for sharing ... not only the universal appeal, but the universal possibilities!

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
Maureen~ I like your phrase, "...livability features..."! Yes...right to the point.
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
Janice~ There is a huge segment of the market ready to be addressed by real estate professionals in the next number of years, as you suggest...and it seems logical that universal design elements will hold a strong appeal for our clients.
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

Jack~

Great point you made: " I suspect that for most of us it is just a matter of sensitivity ... becoming aware and then not being willing to settle. ..."

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 just love the common sense points of Universal design. The lower light switches, the wider halls, appliances at sensible heights, hand rails that don't have to look like hand rails.....all make sense!

Posted by Dena Stevens Coriz, Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004 (Rocky Mountain Realty ) about 9 years ago

Dena~

...And,amazingly smart...all this works as a multi-generational choice!

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

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