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Age-in-Place in a Humanized House...  
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Humanized 'transgenerational' designs extend independence and promote aging-in-place...


Living Room humanized lilving Finger tip counter edge Finger tip counter edge
Dining Area Kitchen/Dining Spaces Entry Interior Humanized entry space
 Design by James J. Pirkl, FIDSA — Photos by Rodolphe Foucher  

Designed for gracious independent living, a humanized 'transgenerational' house:

  • Addresses the evolving needs of people with physical and sensory impairments
  • Integrates a variety of upbeat, attractive—and supportive—household products and environmental settings
  • Demonstrates how transgenerational kitchens and bathrooms can enhance and extend independent living
  • Utilizes energy-efficient passive solar energy and environ-mentally sensitive materials such as cork and bamboo flooring
  • Minimizes the impact on people with environmental sensitivities or allergies
  • Supports the changing needs of 70 million aging BabyBoomers, their children and aging parents

It does so by providing such safe, convenient and user-friendly features as:

  • Easy-to-open or sliding and pocket doors

  • Level thresholds

  • Protected entrances with raised package drop-off

  • Wall-hung, off-the-floor toilets

  • Easy-access appliances, hardware, fixtures, and cabinetry

  • Variable-height countertops with pull-out shelves and surfaces  

  • In-a-drawer, fold-out ironing board

  • Height-adjustable kitchen, bath and closet storage

  • Environmentally sensitive materials and components

  • Roll-out pantry units with adjustable shelvesTask-specific and non-glare general lighting

  • Extra-wide doors and hallways

  • Accessible lavatories, shower   and bathing facilities

  • Built-in support bars and hand rails

  • Raised, built-in front-loading washer, dryer and dishwasher

  • Adjustable height sink units and work surfaces

  • Easy-to-open lever door handles

  • Remote control security and communication systems

  • Non-glare, slip-resistant floors and connecting ramps

  • Wheelchair accessible plan with 5'-0" turnabouts throughout

  • Easy-to-clean-and-maintain surfaces

  • Lower light switches and higher electrical outlets

  • Roll-in showers with adjustable-height shower heads

  • Single-lever faucets and crank-operated windows

  • Easy-access and maintenance-free therapy and exercise pool


Include these accessible, cutting-edge, 'transgenerational' features into your next house!

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