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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:

  • Serves the needs of people of all ages and abilities

  • 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 user-friendlyfeatures as:

  • Easy-to-open or sliding and pocket doors
  • Level thresholds
  • Protected entrances with raised package drop-off
  • Easy-access appliances, hardware, fixtures, and cabinetry
  • In-a-drawer, fold-out ironing board Height-adjustable kitchen, bath and closet storage
  • Environmentally sensitive materials and components
  • Task-specific and non-glare general lighting
  • Extra-wide doors and hallways
  • Raised, built-in front-loading washer, dryer and dishwasher
  • Adjustable height sink units and work surfaces
  • Remote control security and communication systems
  • Non-glare, slip-resistant floors and connecting ramps
  • 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

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


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