Design Better, Build Better, Know Better

A critical aspect of BLD – aesthetics – helps to differentiate Better Living Design from design solutions that might be considered just functional. With a BLD approach, usability characteristics are built-in and integrated into the overall scheme, and therefore mainstreamed – not separate and distinct. A BLD solution has to work well, look good and be marketable to a broad audience. Click here for an easy to read infographic that will illustrate the principals below.



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The Ronald L. Mace Universal Design Institute is a non-profit organization based in North Carolina dedicated to promoting the concept and practice of accessible and universal design. The Institute's work manifests the belief that all new environments and products, to the greatest extent possible, should and can be usable by everyone regardless of age, ability, or circumstance.

As the Institute's sister initiative, Better Living Design is changing the way homes and home products are designed, built and remodeled to better meet the needs of everyone at every life stage. 

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