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Thank you for posting about accessible homes.
It remains a considerable challenge to find homes that provide these features.
In addition to including these features on new homes and remodels, the industry could
go a long way in helping people identity the homes that are available through improved marketing and MLS tags.
Hey, Randy: Great point! Just because it’s accessible in real life, doesn’t mean it’s findable online or in the MLS.
I would like some good points for listing more homes
Thanks to Meg White for putting to rest the issue of whether accessibility improvements add or detract from house values. Well-designed improvements, well-built, increase property appeal, and are an asset to the neighborhood!
It’s difficult to find anything in the traditional sites. I looked for months for a condo without success.
That’s why I started http://www.accessibleproperties.net in May 2007.
There are over 2 dozen access feature options so people can see what the access level actually is.
I’m so glad to see this covered and especially the book by Deborah Pierce, as it shows how nice they really do look and may help with the msconception that having a home with access modifications makes it less desireable.
Thank you for bringing up this important topic! Our home was featured in Deborah’s book, so we have some experience here. We need to think about universal design instead of accessibility — we found that by developing a truly accessible home, we have improved the lives of all of the residents. Open floor plans and zero steps make the physical space flow more elegantly and we all are connected with our outdoor space because it flows so seamlessly from the indoor space.
Owning an accessible home has amazing benefits – it becomes the centerpiece for family visits because it is accessible to those with physical disabilities along with those who are a bit older and find the design more compatible with their current capabilities.
There’s definately a great deal to learn about this topic. I like all of the points you’ve made.
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