Benefits of Universal Design Features in Homes

Domenic Cuda previously worked for a home construction company. A tragic ATV accident ten years ago had a life changing effect on Cuda which left him with complete paraplegia. Cuda asked his former employer, Fred Losani, to collaborate with him to build a fully accessible home for him and his family. Losani Homes and Cuda worked closely together to build a 2,575-square-foot three-bedroom bungalow with four bathrooms in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, which he and his wife Paola, and their two sons could call home. The family moved in seven years ago.

Cuda is pleased with the design of his new home, especially as it doesn’t cry out “wheelchair accessible.” The elevator takes Cuba from his vehicle in the garage to all levels of the home, and in case of a power failure, there is a paved ramp alongside the side of the building. Since collaborating with Cuda, Losani has become an expert in building accessible homes. Losani has also worked on an entire community in Hamilton which offers elevators or elevator rough-ins as an option for townhomes and single homes. They are also open to building barrier-free features in homes if requested, and constructing wheelchair-accessible pathways.

According to Stats Canada, 3.8 million Canadians go through their lives with a disability.  That’s why “universal design,” the principal behind features which provide the same means of use for everyone, is so important.  This means including lever handles, large-print labels, bright task lighting, slip-resistant surfaces and curb cuts to accommodate wheelchairs. The Hamilton project, called Central Park, will offer townhomes and single homes which will be in striking distance of shops, and recreational facilities such as the community centre, a golf course and tourist sites.

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