Long-Term Flexibility

While featuring far more utility than a standard home, a BLD home is not expected to eliminate the need for households to customize their home over time. Everyone customizes their home in a variety of ways. But BLD features (even the basic ones) will help avoid the most costly and extensive remodeling that is most often associated with home modifications of standard homes, such as ramps, widened hallways, or larger bathrooms. Customized remodeling for added functionality and added assistive technology are also more effective when installed as a custom feature in a BLD home. For example, stair lifts can be added later with less costs and hassle and more maneuvering room at the top and bottom. If needed, bars can be added to bathroom walls and toilets and used more safely because of wall blocking and ample maneuvering room in the bathroom.

ABOUT US 

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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