Universal Design is simply designing environments and products to be attractive and usable by everyone to their fullest capabilities, regardless of age or ability. It appeals to the young, the old, the able, and disabled. It simply makes life easier for everyone. This type of modified environment allows one to enjoy and reside at home for life – a desire of many.
According to NAHB, Universal Design is “the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.” When one considers the safety and convenience of his/her guests in the home, Universal Design becomes an undistinguishable central theme for living. (CAPS II), NAHB 2007.