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  • Is Universal Design Corrupting My Home?

    Aaron D. Murphy

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    Hey everybody, Aaron Murphy, ForeverHome. I just had to go off script, to call this Forever Home unplugged. I just did a home assessment yesterday for a couple that's probably 78 to 80, folks that have known me a long time through rotary. He actually had polio as a kid, has one leg that's weaker and shorter than the other. And, uh, but what caught my attention, we're assessing how his bedroom downstairs, he's going to move in with her. They've been partners for a number of years. What caught my attention though was her standing in the hallway as the future caretaker and saying, what will this do to my resale value if we make these kind of corruptions to the house? And I paused. I was standing with one foot in the shower in his bathroom. the tub we need to remove and said, let's start with why that's corruption to you, just out of curiosity. And she talked about things that obviously allude to, it won't be the home we've always known or every house I've ever been in if we put in an elevator, if we... cut back the radiant floor to get the zero threshold slope to the drain shower instead of the step in tub single piece surround. And I said, that's what's different Gail is that for the next average of seven years buying cycles probably the next five. The next five buyers. of your home are likely for the first time in history, which is why you're not used to it. thinking about exactly what you're gonna do. It should no different than primary bedroom on the main floor or the ability to move your bedroom to a main floor bedroom and have en suite with a roll-in shower on the main floor. These are all things that people are going to actually be looking for in the next 30 years. and you only have to sell this house one time, maybe in 10 years. So it just had me really thinking about what do we do as a building industry and as a housing provider to normalize universal design and aging in place and accessibility, inclusion and equity. Think about that when you go about your day to day as a professional. What are you doing to change the stigma of accessible design for everyone? Thanks. Have a great day.

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