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The Invisibly Universal House

From Builder:


Two sisters--a builder and an academic specializing in universal design--have built a gold standard for accessible housing.

 

The industry would be hard pressed to find a duo better suited to the task of creating the poster child for universally designed homes than the Tauke sisters. Susanne Tauke, owner of Hawthorn Woods, Ill.-based New American Homes, has been a home builder for 30 years. Her sister, Beth, is a professor of architecture at SUNY Buffalo and works with the university's Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA Center), a premier research center on universal design in the built environment.

So when they got the opportunity to team up on a universal design project house, they jumped at the chance. Their resulting brain child, the LIFEhouse--a 1,992-square-foot, ranch-style home near Antioch, Ill., that recently won the National Association of Home Builders' Best of 50+ Housing Award--is a trifecta of beauty, brains, and accessibility.

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