Shouldn’t Universal Design Be Used Universally?
On June 13, 1998, Rosemarie and her husband went for a bike ride together and in a freak accident a tree fell on Rosemarie causing a spinal injury that confined her to a wheelchair. When she was finally able to go home it quickly became apparent that their old home was going to limit her independence. A simple doorway not being wide enough kept her from entering a room and stairs prohibit her from reaching the top floor of her house. Something had to change and a new home had to be designed.
The new home that Rosemarie and her husband are building takes all of this into account. Doorways will be wider, outlets will be higher, and the stoves and sinks will have space below them so Rosemarie has room for her legs while cooking and washing.
Current construction standards don’t utilize universal design. Here at WarmlyYours we would like to raise awareness of construction practices that make a home accessible to nearly anybody. Rosemarie’s accident changed her life, but her new home will allow her to still do what she loves and WarmlyYours is proud to be a part of that.