Nov. 14, 2012



The Accessible Home
   Designing for All Ages and Abilities

by Deborah Pierce, AIA

The word "accessible" may suggest that this book is useful primarily for people with major disabilities, the author has gone much further. Her focus on universal design principles has allowed her to assemble case studies of a wide variety of homes that will work for "all ages and abilities."

She makes the point that most homes are designed for the able-bodied, but AARP studies reports that "by age 75, it is estimated that 73% of the population will have some functional limitations." In short, we are all only temporarily able-bodied.

In 200+ beautiful pages of photos and drawings, the book looks at every area of the home, including the outdoors and the connections between indoors and out. There is one section on remodeling for aging in place, another on homes for extended families, and even chapters on vacation homes and historic homes. 

No one reading this book will ever again think of accessibility as institutional-looking.

Publisher: The Taunton Press
Price: $20.96

The book will also be sold by BuilderBooks at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas.


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