Preview of the Residential Universal Design Guide, a Manual for Architects, Interior Designers, and Builders

While I was teaching Barrier-Free Design at Santa Rosa Junior College, I did extensive research and study of published books, articles, and information available online. To my dismay I found that there wasn’t a comprehensive list of specific universal design standards. I found a lot of good information but was frustrated by vague recommendations such as “accessible sink” or “enough space for a wheelchair”. My students were asking what makes a sink accessible? and how much space is enough for wheelchair turn around and functionality?

I wrote the Residential Universal Design Guide, a Manual for Architects, Interior Designers, and Builders to fill the gap and provide a single source of technical information to aid in the design of universal living spaces. “The Guide” is a set of specific guidelines and standards that can be applied to residential design. It is a menu of options that can be used in the evaluation of a home or in the planning of new construction. It is useful to educators and students of interior design, to design professionals, and to homeowners and builders. “The Guide” is formatted as an easy-to-use checklist that is downloadable and that can be reprinted as needed.

The Residential Universal Design Guide, a Manual for Architects, Interior Designers, and Builders is now a required text in the interior design program at Canada College in Redwood City, California.

Preview a sample page of the PDF version which is available for download here at the price of $14.95.

Good Design Today, Better Living Tomorrow

Andrée Langlois

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Interior Design Associates is a team of professional interior designers who advocate the inclusion of universal and green design principles in all projects, new and existing, residential and commercial. At IDA, we believe that accessible and sustainable design is not only socially responsible but also greatly improves our quality of life by designing living environments that meet everyone’s needs. We are strong proponents of multi-generational design that provides comfort and safety for all and supports aging-in-place.

Posted on August 29, 2011, in Interior Design, Universal Design and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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