Universal Design for Elder-friendly Residence 


Often times homes are designed with young, able-bodied residents in mind.  With over 14 million Americans over the age of 65 and a reported 56 million with disabilities, incorporating the concepts of aging in place with contemporary ADA design must be implemented address different needs.

Queens, NY

When our client in Queens, NY came to We Create Group with their project, we knew this was the perfect opportunity to design a beautifully, functional, light-filled home that compliments multiple generations.

Color and space perception change due to the physical aspects of aging. As we age, the lens of our eye hardens, thickens and becomes more yellow. Colors appear more gray and subtle shade variations are difficult to view.  As a result, color contrast on different elevations, as well as railing, countertop or any weight supporting items becomes critical.

Emily Eifler, Associate Designer, Colour Studio

Clearance in public and private areas such as bathrooms, hallways, and bedrooms were enhanced to accommodate crutches, walkers, or wheelchairs.  Similarly, heights of all furniture, cabinetry, plumbing fixtures, and entryways were aging appropriate and ADA compliant for maximum usage.

Lighting that allows for 2-3 times more illumination while avoiding direct or reflective glare was important to improve safety and comfort. Muscles that control our pupil size and reaction to light lose strength, which causes the pupil to become smaller and less responsive to changes in ambient lighting.

LED‌ Extrusions‌ by X-Lume

Technology with health monitoring systems, motion detectors (including sudden movement alerts), and highly customized temperature controls for each room were incorporated into the design.

Project Details

Project Type: Residential, Universal Design

Year: 2016-2017

Status: Under Construction

Size: 7,500 sq. ft.

Program: Single-family multi-generational residence, ADA compliant, Modern Kitchen, Luxurious Master Suite, Imaginative Entertainment Area

Services: Architectural Design, Construction Documents & Administration, On-site Consulting, 3D Scanning & Photogrammetry

Clients:  Private
Collaborator(s):  Jennifer (Sgro) Fisher


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