If you have family members or friends with physical limitations, you may have areas of your home that they’re unable to visit. This is especially problematic if you yourself become disabled or have a disabled person move in with you. How do you accommodate these needs? By building an Easy Living Home, of course.
According to the Easy Living Home web site, the Easy Living Home program is “the nation's first voluntary certification program that specifies criteria in everyday construction to add convenience in your new home and to welcome all friends, family and visitors regardless of age, size or physical ability.”
The Easy Living Home program was developed by a coalition of public and private organizations to encourage the voluntary inclusion of key features that make a home cost effective, accessible and convenient for everyone without sacrificing style or adding substantial construction costs. Easy Living Home certification enhances both the initial and resale value of a home, and can be achieved for practically any home regardless of price, building site or architecture.
Easy Living Home features:
Step-free entrances provide easy access and are never more than 1/2" from a driveway, sidewalk or other firm route into the central living area.
Exterior doors provide and interior passages provide easy passage because all doors and hallways on the main level (including bathrooms) offer ample clear passage space.
Easy use with no less than one bedroom, a kitchen, some entertainment area, and at least one full bathroom with sufficient maneuvering space all on the main floor.
The Easy Living Home program certifies that homes meet the program requirements through a non-profit coalition of organizations committed to making homes more accessible, including AARP and several access advocacy groups.
While Easy Living Homes offer a substantial number of special features, virtually any home buyer can afford one because these certified homes are available at all price levels from the most modest starter home to country club estates. The Easy Living Home program shows builders how to make their homes more convenient by making small improvements that add little or nothing to the cost of new construction, but would be very costly to retrofit later.
Visit http://www.easylivinghome.org/ for more information.