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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 Humanized entry space Entry Interior
 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
  • Accommodates declines in vision, hearing, touch, and   movement
  • Addresses the evolving needs of people with physical and sensory impairments
  • Integrates a variety of upbeat, attractive—and supportive—household products and environmental settings
  • Demonstrate how transgenerational kitchens and bathrooms can enhance and extend independent living
  • Provides an interplay of accessible indoor and outdoor 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-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 shelves
  • Task-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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