Tips for a Universal Design Remodel

There are so many names for homes meant to accommodate someone with mobility issues. Your remodeling company may use the term “universal design,” which is generally the most common today. Whether you’re looking for a whole-home or bathroom remodel so you can stay in your home as you age or a family member requires remodeled spaces, here are some tips and ideas.

Tips for a Universal Design Remodel

Consider Accessibility

Different issues have different accessibility challenges. If arthritis limits grip strength, choose a lever-style door handle. Balance issues may mean using a walker or wheelchair. Make sure that the door opening allows the person through the opening and they have space once inside to turn and close it. Few doorways in a typical home are meant to accommodate a wheelchair.


There are many ways to add light to a space. One of the best for dark hallways is to have motion-sensing lights installed. This will prevent trip-and-fall accidents because you can see where you’re going and avoid any obstacles. If a family member is confined to a wheelchair, consider lowering light switches so they can easily reach them. If they’re technologically savvy, add smart technology for your lights and install the app.

Focus on Your Bathroom Remodel

Your bathroom remodel should be a main element you and your remodeling company discuss. You want the space to have as many safety and convenience elements as possible. Things to consider are:

  • Grab bars
  • Walk-in shower with safety seat
  • Lower vanity height with easy-to-operate faucet
  • Combination bidet/toilet
  • Non-slip flooring
  • Comfort-height toilet

Depending on the limitations, you may need to enlarge the space to allow for the person to transfer from a wheelchair to the toilet or shower seat.

Your Flooring Matters

You may love plush carpet in the bedroom, but it’s not a great option if you have a walker or wheelchair. Wood flooring is nice but may quickly become scraped or dented, depending on the equipment used. Non-slip tile can be a good option, as can luxury vinyl tile. It depends on the rooms you are remodeling and your personal preference. Be sure to choose flooring that you won’t want to add area rugs to, as rugs are a big trip hazard.

G.M. Roth Design Remodeling Can Help

As an experienced remodeling company, G.M. Roth Design Remodeling can help you with a whole-house remodel, addition or bathroom remodel to meet your changing needs. We’ll spend time understanding the challenges of all family members and work to find solutions that fit your budget. Call us today at (603) 880-3761 to schedule a consultation. We service the Boston, MA, and Manchester, NH, suburbs and all communities in between.

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