According to NC State University's Center for Universal Design website, "The intent of universal design is to simplify life for everyone by making products, communications, and the built environment more usable by as many people as possible at little or no extra cost. Universal design benefits people of all ages and abilities."
Kehoe Constructors was contacted by a young lady who is paralyzed from the waist down and uses a wheelchair. She had recently purchased a condo on the 18th floor and needed many items addressed with Universal Design principles in order to make the space livable. Specifically, the doorways were too narrow for access with a wheelchair, the kitchen needed to be modified in many ways including pull-down shelf hardware on upper cabinets, flooring was not wheelchair-friendly, the balcony needed to be enclosed, and the closets needed pull-down hardware.
Kehoe Constructors met all of these needs using a variety of Universal Design techniques and products. Roll-under cabinets in the kitchen drastically increased accessibility, moving storage to moveable storage units also helped. Little touches like installing a lower peep hole in the front door, lever handles on all doors and faucets and keeping many essential items like ovens, freezers and cooktops at lower heights all make this a great example of how remodeling using Universal Design principals can truly improve lives.
Master Bathroom Before and After:
Balcony (now sunroom) After:
Master Closet with pull-down hardware:
This project is by:
Kehoe Constructors, LLC