Today, more builders are incorporating basic elements of universal design – such as wider doorways and lower light switches – and successfully marketing these as value-added features to homebuyers.

The subtle “cushion” of a wood floor system provides a more comfortable walking surface, putting less stress on people’s joints, legs and backs as they age. And, if the need arises to bypass stairs, a ramp or electric lift can create safe, easy entry to the home.

Considerations for aesthetics are paramount. Creative designs blend the ramp into the overall design of a home. Consider using a side, garage or rear entrance to the home, helping conceal its appearance from the street. A sloping lot may allow the existing landscape to reduce the required length of a ramp. Plants, shrubs and decorative fencing screens can be used to soften the visual appearance of a ramp.

Universal Design for raised floor houses