Top 10 Kitchen Universal Design Features in New Homes
Kitchen Universal Design Ideas - Raleigh New Homes
A universal design home is safe, easy to access, and comfortable. Whether you're planning to be in your new Raleigh home for a few years or for the rest of your life, implementing universal design at the beginning of the process will save money and give you a more versatile home, for everyone to enjoy.
Our "Top 10 Universal Design Features in the Kitchen" will help you determine what you should include in your next new home!
Universal Design Kitchen - Most Common Features in "Easy Living" Homes
There are many different universal design features to select.
Let's look at the Top Ten most common Universal Design ideas for your kitchen.
Work with your Raleigh new home builder to add or subtract as best fits your needs, budget, and location.
Universal Design Kitchens - Most Common Features
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and probably one of the most used rooms, both for entertaining and on a daily basis.
What are some universal design features that can make the kitchen enjoyable for everyone?
Universal Design Kitchen Idea #1: Sufficient clear floor area
Is there enough room for everyone? Plan for 5 feet of open floor space between the different portions of the
kitchen, so there will be enough space for more than one cook or for a mobility device. Islands can get tight sometimes, check those dimensions carefully!
Universal Design Kitchen Idea #2: Planned work centers
Think about food prep, cooking, clean up, and specialty work centers.
Varied countertop heights can make a big difference - consider including a "table height"
food preparation section with at least 36 inches of open knee space for easy use with a chair.
Universal Design Kitchen Idea #3: Staging or landing areas
Create "staging" areas no more than 4 feet from all major appliances, with at least 15 inches of countertop. That way you can set down hot or heavy dishes easily.
Universal Design Kitchen Idea #4: Single lever faucets
A single lever faucet is easiest to use, whether your hands are dirty or you have limited hand strength. Include some variety of pull out sprayer to fill pots without lifting them into or out of the sink.
Universal Design Kitchen Idea #5: Pulls on cabinets
Select hardware for cabinet doors and drawers that are easier to grasp. C-shaped or D-shaped handles with enough room to slip fingers through are easiest to use.
Universal Design Kitchen Idea #6: Roll out shelves
Roll out shelving can be incorporated into nearly any kitchen layout.
A roll out shelf can reduce bending and make lifting easier.
Universal Design Kitchen Idea #7: Open or visible storage
Consider including glass doors on upper cabinetry. This can help everyone see where things are stored, and eliminate time and energy looking for specific items.
Or replace some cabinets with open shelving, which can even lower the cost of your cabinetry package.
Universal Design Kitchen Idea #8: Contrasting colors
A high contrast between flooring, countertop, backsplash, cabinetry, appliance, and walls can increase visibility - and add a lot of unique flavor. A bright wall color can add light to the room, and even help light switches and decorative trimwork stand out.
Universal Design Kitchen Idea #9 Natural Light
Nothing's better than plenty of natural light. Work with the builder to add a window, windows, or skylight to the kitchen.
Universal Design Kitchen Idea #10: Lighting
Consider plenty of lighting options, including recessed lights, undercabinet lights, pendants over islands and eating bars, ambient lighting above cabinetry, and even in-cabinet lights for glass door cabinets. Rocker switches can be easier to use, too.
A little planning ahead can make a BIG difference. Look for a new home builder experienced with universal design, and willing to be flexible enough to meet your goals. More in Stanton Homes' special "Universal Design" series coming soon!
Universal Design meets the needs of the present and the future.
Consider universal design concepts for your next home - universal design is most cost efficient and effective when incorporated directly into your new home.
Universal Design Homes
Read more about universal design homes and commonly requested kitchen and laundry design features.
Stanton Homes builds new custom homes with universal design features throughout central North Carolina.
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