Universal Design

At Heartland Builders, a West Michigan based custom home builder, we believe that your home should age as gracefully as you do.  Further, we believe that your home should be able to support you, your family and your guests as you age.  We built our first Grand Rapids area home featuring Universal Design concepts in 2002.  Since then, we have tried to refine and include many features in all of our new homes in MI.  

Universal Design by West Michigan Home Builders Heartland Builders

What Universal Design features should you consider:

  • Exterior Doors – 36” 
  • Interior Doors (bedrooms, bathrooms, common rooms) – 32” minimum; 36” preferable
  • Levers on doors vs. knobs 
Hallways and Stairs – minimum 42”; better 48” 
Clear Floor Space / Turning Radius / Floor Plan
  • 54” to 60” of space 
  • Kitchens
  • At least one Main Floor Bathroom
  • Laundry Room
  • Common Rooms such as walk in closets 
Zero Step(s)
  • Exterior Doors 
  • Front Door 
  • Door – from house to garage 
  • Door – house to deck
  • Showers 
Other things to consider:
  • Durable floor surfaces
  • Rocker style light switches
  • Electrical outlets – raised slightly higher for easier access
  • Grab bar backing around toilets and showers
  • Shower faucet w/ a personal slide bar 
WE love Universal Design!  We love Accessibility!  There are many Universal Design features which can be important to one person, yet not to another.  If you incorporate the above features, you will go a long way to making your home accessible to you.  If you are interested in building a home with Universal Design features or perhaps a barrier free home in the Grand Rapids / West Michigan area call or email us today.