Architecture The Accessible Housing Design File Barrier Free
Environments, Inc. ." an invaluable resource to everyone involved
with the design, construction, and management of housing for older
and disabled individuals. The amount of information on each topics
is the most extensive I have ever seen.." --Elaine Ostroff,
Adaptive Environments Center Boston, Massachusetts New legislation
on accessibility has made it tough for designers and builders to
create environments that are both aesthetically pleasing and
accommodate people with disabilities The Accessible Housing Design
File helps you comply with the latest accessibility standards and
keep up with the increasing demand for more universal housing.
Responding to the accessibility standards established by the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Housing
Amendments Act (FHAA), this guide covers the special design and
construction considerations of environments for people with
mobility impairments. It also contains some design solutions to
access problems for people with visual and hearing impairments.
Both interior and exterior environments are addressed in chapters
that take you from site planning through selection of door
hardware. Site designs, room layouts, floor plans, jargon-free
explanations, and 300 detailed illustrations convey whole settings
and provide you with fully dimensioned solutions to tough design
problems. These design solutions will help you to create new
housing as well as renovate existing single- and multi-family
residences to increase accessibility. The Accessible Housing Design
File emphasizes both universally usable and marketable environments
that have excellent resale value. It covers the full gamut of
accessible design and construction options for:
* Vehicular transportation and parking--Accessible vans, carports,
* Site design and entrances--House placement, sloping sites, walks,
crossings, bridges, lifts, ramps, and handrails
* Doors and doorways--Handles, locks, power openers, hallways,
floor space, screen and storm doors, door widening, and door
* Windows--Forward reach and side reach windows, power operators,
and windows as exits
* Kitchens--Knee and turnaround space, adjustable-height cabinets
and counters, appliance siting, and control and handle
* Bathrooms--Grab bars, hydraulic seats, portable boom lifts,
overhead track lifts, removable tub seats, tub controls, transfer
and roll-in showers, and lavatory design
* Bedrooms--Maneuvering space and clearances, transfers at beds,
lifts, communications and control systems, emergency exits, and
As the percentage of elderly in our population increases and the
civil rights of America's 43 million disabled citizens become
better recognized, the need to create versatile environments that
meet the needs of all potential users will continue to grow. This
guide helps meet that need, making it essential reading for
professional housing designers, specialists in aging and
rehabilitation, and others involved in the design, manufacture, and
construction of housing.
John Wiley & Sons
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