Best Universal Design
Eddie and Julie Leverett, ONE eleven ltd., Las Vegas, NV
Universal Design, by definition, is the design and composition of a space so that it can be accessed and used by all people, regardless of age, size, ability or disability. When done well, Universal Design blends seamlessly into a space, adding beauty to the design rather than detracting from it.
From the early design phases of this kitchen project, designers Eddie and Julie Leverett of ONE eleven ltd. took accessibility into account, making it an inherent part of the design, as each of the homeowners presented daily living challenges; one uses a wheelchair while the other has limitations reaching overhead.
The kitchen floorplan in this older, outdated home needed to be reconfigured and updated within the footprint of the existing home. The plan was to remove all physical barriers and create an open concept space that provided a light, airy and spacious feel.
Narrow doorways were widened to 36″, allowing for ease of movement in and out of the space. The clearances around the kitchen island were strategically designed at a spacious 42″ wide, allowing a wheelchair enough room to easily turn 360 degrees. Large-format Aequa-Series NIX ceramic floor tile from Arizona Tile is used throughout the home for effortless maneuvering with a wheelchair.
A secondary sink was replaced with an accessible sink/food prep station, meaning the kitchen now has two sink work stations – one for someone who prefers to stand while working and one that can be used from a seated position.
Two neutral cabinet tones are featured on the natural maple EVO frameless cabinets from Showplace Cabinetry, which were designed with all lower drawer boxes and a full-height roll-out pantry for easy-reach access and to keep items organized. Open shelving in the island as well as maple butcher block floating shelves along the wall keep everyday items accessible. Along the perimeter walls, 3″x6″ Carrera Marble tiles lend a classic touch to the space, while Silestone by Cosentino quartz countertops in White Zeus add brightness.
Within the island, a microwave is placed strategically at counter level. The range sits next to it, delivering a central cooking area.
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