Posts tagged universal design
Universal Design: Barrier-free Landscapes

Ah, the sweet smell of Spring is in the air signaling that it's time to get outdoors and tidy up the landscape. Gardening is one of Corinne Gail Interior Design's favorite subjects to explore and share with our readers.  As I always say, gardening is truly green therapy; there is no better way to relax, refresh, and rejuvenate the soul than by spending time in the garden. Unfortunately for those with limited flexibility, mobility, and sensory impairments, spending time in the garden is not always easy and, at times, can be impossible.  A study conducted in 2011 concluded that almost 50% of gardeners have trouble bending or have limited flexibility while a quarter of those gardeners polled experience difficulty walking.  Sadly, those statistics translate into people not being able to spend time enjoying the benefits of green therapy (cue my sad face).  However, I thought I'd share tips for tidying up landscaping and creating garden spaces that all ages can enjoy, even those with physical limitations.

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Accessibility for the Luxury Marketplace

Take a quick look around your home...If you or a loved one had a physical limitation such as a wheelchair, crutches, a walker, arthritis, or diminished vision, what barriers do you see that could possibly keep you from living there?

Surprisingly, in almost every home, barriers exist which can inhibit those with physical limitations. Staircases, bathrooms, and kitchens are all areas of the home that often fall short of providing full functionality to those with limited physical and mental abilities.

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