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10 things to know about Universal Design
Architect Deborah Pierce, author of "The Accessible Home: Designing for All Ages & Abilities" (Taunton, 2012), addressed attendees at the Universal Design…
A course in good design
After government funding for veterans golf courses ends in 1995, the American Lake Veterans Golf Course, like many others across…
Abilities Expo puts people on the move
We checked out the Abilities Expo at the McHenry Convention Center in San Jose over the weekend of Nov. 16-18.…
Aging eyes: Let there be light
Black socks or navy blue? As we age, it becomes more difficult to tell. That's because aging eyes not only…
Aging in Place
Most adults when asked will say that they would like to stay in their homes as they age. Aging in…
American Home: New but not 'friendly'
 The New American Home in Henderson, NV. (Photo courtesy Timberlake Cabinetry) The New American Home, built in Henderson, NV, and…
Architect is visionary for the blind
As a child, Chris Downey lived with his family in a home designed by an architect who ensured the house…
As you winterize your home, “futurize” it, too!
Work future-focused modifications into routine home maintenance to reduce effort, cost By thinking beyond just making it through another winter,…
Barrier-free entry: Easy come, easy go
For those with limited mobility, moving about the house is made easier when transitions are seamless. A single step can…
Barrier-free floors: Getting even
Anyone who's tripped over a scatter rug knows they're not called "scatter" or "throw" rugs for nothing. One of the first…
Book Review: The Accessible Home
 Brian McMillan built this fully accessible -- and beautiful -- home after being paralyzed in a motorcycle accident. His house…
Book review: The Longevity Project
Everyone wants to live a long life, but nobody knows for sure how to go about making that happen. Mostly,…
Book review: The Roadmap to 100
Dr. Walter Bortz doesn't countenance excuses. "Get a pedometer," he told me during a chat at last fall's AARP conference…
Book review: Unassisted Living
Architect Wid Chapman and xxx Jeffrey P. Rosenfeld have compiled the work of 33 architects into a refutation of the…
Brick & mortar aging in place shop: Beverly's Daughter, Seattle
If you live in the greater Seattle area, a visit to the shop Beverly's Daughter, formerly known as the Aging…
Can Safety be Sexy? We wanted to know.
Wednesday June 5, we hosted a Twitter chat for June Home Safety month titled, Can Safety be Sexy? We wanted…
Designed for All: Universal Design Living Laboratory, the National Demonstration Home & Garden
My husband, Mark Leder, and I didn't start out with intentions of building a national demonstration home and garden in…
Designing a university for all
I'll be watching my nephew Nick (far right above) at the National Collegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in Urbana Champaign this…
Drawers easier to use
Kitchen cabinets have come a long way since grandma's silverware drawer threatened to land on the floor, spilling its contents,…
Easy living on the farm
"How do you keep 'em down on the farm after they've seen Paree?" could have been rephrased as "How do…
Existing homes can be friendlier to aging
 Will you be able to live the rest of your life in the home you currently occupy? We’re not talking…
Finding answers to special needs
Not all needs are the same. Thus, while universal design is meant to create environments that work well for people…
Get a grip on handles, instead of knobs
Knobs are so last year! Ask anyone whose worsening arthritis has made onetime simple tasks painful. Mom's osteoarthritis made her…
Getting cabinets up off the floor
We're not sure who decided that base cabinets should begin four inches above the floor, but this isn't set in…
Getting there is half the fun
The basement recreation room with its full kitchen and adjacent patio was my mother's preferred place for entertaining her large…
Grab bars: Safety needn't be costly
Every bathtub and shower should have a grab bar. That's not rocket science. It's not turning one's home into a…
He made his home age-friendly
It goes without saying that most people want to age in their own homes, and when that home has beach…
House review: New American Home
  The New American Home has a lot to like, but even as America ages and the built environment is…
How to make your kitchen fit your needs
If location, location, location is the mantra in real estate sales, the magic words for planning a kitchen that supports your personal…
Improving on good design to Age in Place
In June, we at AFriendlyHouse asked the KBTribeChat community, Can safety be sexy? The response was a resounding yes... if you know…
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ARTICLES: Peace, Purpose and a Pool Even Universal Design, with its emphasis on shaping spaces usable by people of all ages…
Livable Communities
Port Townsend, WA landscaped median, part of Walkable Community strategy (AFriendlyHouse.com photo)   Livable communities advance inclusion through purposeful design.…
Original home for the ages
  Del Buse celebrated his 85th birthday on July 6, 1998. His wife, Mary, turned 82 three days earlier.  On the…
Product overview: User-friendly designs
Many vendors and manufacturers are getting on the bandwagon with Universal Design products. They are realizing the benefit of designing…
Product review: Easy chairs
Design Days at San Francisco Design Center, the annual event that brings out the best in high-end home furnishings, caught…
Product review: Google Nexus S
Google Nexus S, Android’s best in your hands The Samsung Company became the second to bring a Google telephone onto…
Product review: iPad2
The Apple iPad 2, the computer for those who don’t want a computer In 2011, Apple introduced the second version…
Product review: iPod nano 6G
The Apple iPod nano 6G, music without keys Apple revolutionized the world of the MP3 music players with the iPod, making…
Product review: Kindle3
Kindle 3: hopes for accessibility in e-book readers I have just had the opportunity to try Amazon’s Kindle 3. This…
Product review: MotionSense faucet
We're always looking for fixtures that are easy to use by people of all ages and abilities. And in Moen's…
Product review: Motorola Xoom
Motorola Xoom, accessibility and Honeycomb The Motorola company has released the first tablet on the market incorporating Android 3.0, best…
Product review: Samsung Galaxy Tab P1010
The Samsung Galaxy Tab P1010: the evolution of the Smartphone In its catalogue of devices currently on the market, South…
Rethinking communities to support aging
As a nation we need to examine the ways that we can modify or build homes and communities to support…
Safety checklist: Basics for a friendly house
  Safety checklist: Basics for a friendly house 1.    Is there a bedroom and bath on the main level? 2.    …
Safety checklist: Bathroom
Are faucets easy to use with one hand and little finger strength?  Are shower and sink valves pressure-balanced or thermostatically…
Safety checklist: Bedroom
Forget the monsters under your childhood bed, your bedroom should be the most comfortable, safest room in the house. But…
Safety checklist: Closet
Are closet rods adjustable, or easy to reach? Is there a rack or shelves on which to store shoes, so…
Safety checklist: Communications and safety systems
Not everyone has joined the digital age, but being safe at home means having reliable ways to call for help…
Safety checklist: Dining room
  No matter the furniture style, a pleasant dining experience takes place at diner-friendly furniture, such as the slab table…
Safety checklist: Doors, stairs, hallways
Are there secure handrails on both sides of the stairway? Is there good lighting in all transition areas, especially stairways;…
Safety checklist: Electrical and water systems
Are there sufficient electrical outlets, with GFI (ground fault interruptor) outlets in bathrooms and kitchen? Are there light switches at…
Safety checklist: Exterior
Is there at least one no-step entrance to the house? Are pathways, sidewalks, driveway access, steps and porch surfaces even…
Safety checklist: Kitchen
"Today's kitchens easily supplant the bathroom as the home's most dangerous room," writes Jane Brody, the New York Times Personal…
Safety checklist: Laundry
Is the laundry on the main living level? Are washer and dryer front-loading? Is dryer properly vented with easy-to-clean lint…
Safety checklist: Living areas
Are pathways clear and furniture positioned to aid in moving about the room? Are wires and cords out of harm's…
Safety checklist: Storage, garage and basement
Can you get out of the car and into the house easily? Is garage floor clear of clutter? Is there…
Space planning: Staying balanced
Walking is difficult enough for people whose legs don't quite work right, but for many people it's a loss of…
The Aging in Place Tour, IBS Las Vegas 2013
Creating an age-ready home should be a priority for the over 90% of people between 50-65 who MetLife Mature Marketing…
The house next door: A home for the ages
Like most people, my parents wanted to stay in their own home as they aged. Trouble was, the home they'd…
U.S. Access Board chair Karen Braitmayer makes her own mid-century house accessible
    Architect Karen Braitmayer in the kitchen of her Seattle home.  Karen Braitmayer is an architect on a mission. A…
Universal Design
"Universal Design" refers to making design choices that enable the use by virtually anyone, regardless of their abilities or disabilities. …
Universal design for bathrooms
What do people mean when they refer to Universal Design in a bathroom?         The high-styled bathroom…
Wet Rooms; What design could be more sexy for the bath?
In June when we hosted the #KBTribeChat on Twitter by asking, Can safety be sexy? The response was a resounding…
When a longtime home no longer works
In 1986, internationally acclaimed textile designer Barbara Beckmann (above) and her husband Jon bought a mid-century modern home that rambled…
Where to find past stories
  Here are the stories AFriendlyHouse.com has linked to from its home page:  Will gray be the new green? "Baby…
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