Universal Design in Modular Homes for Aging In Place

During the recovery response to Hurricane Katrina the absence of Universal Design in modular and emergency housing was exposed on a tragic scale. Yet Universal Design continues to circulate through the mainstream as the only correct response to the aging of the population.

Here is an excerpt of a post where "The Lady Contractor", Alexandra Whiteside, addresses UD and aging-in-place with modular construction:


I recently received a question on my Linked-In profile, asking me how Universal Design is achieved in the construction of modular homes. I wanted to share my reply with everyone. I would be happy to answer any additional questions. Feel free to post your questions as comments on this post, and I will post answers!

Aging-in-place modifications can be made to the modular home during its construction in the factory, or modifications can be made once the modular is delivered to the home site and placed on the foundation.

Typical things we can do in the factory would include installing all the components needed to create an accessible bathroom (curb-free shower, grab bars, wheelchair turnaround room, accessible sink), raised outlets/lowered light switches for easy access without reaching or bending, and widened doorways and hallways. We can have additional electrical wiring installed during the construction phase in the factory to accommodate automatic switches, locks, door openers, alarms, etc. which would be installed on site. Lever-handle type door knobs, that you can easily push down instead of gripping and turning, can also be installed in the factory.


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