Sue Steuer, CKD, is one of the Morris Black designers who knows and understands universal design. Universal Design is designing a space that everyone can use comfortably regardless of age, stature, or physical abilities. For example, Morris Black designer Rich Kruse, who is 6 foot 8 inches, lives daily with the inconveniences, back and neck pain of adapting to a world of short people.
In 2003, Sue and designer Dan Lenner, CMKBD, created a Universal Design display for our showroom. Here are some of Sue’s recommendations to consider before remodeling, especially where people of different abilities or where kids and adults are sharing the space:
- Use multi-level countertops to allow everyone to work comfortably.
- For pots and pans, use pullout deep drawers – easier to access than fixed shelves
- Create cubbies or open shelves so essentials can be located and stored easily
- Pulls are generally easier to grasp than knobs
- Dishwasher and clothes washers that are raised are easier to unload.
Our designers are experts in many areas. Visit our showroom and talk to a designer about creating a space that will make everyone comfortable… and last a lifetime.