Universal Design – Amy Mood

Universal design is not just about handicapped access. It’s about design that removes barriers and makes access easier for everyone, from children to grandparents and better flow for every adult. Simple designs that incorporate universal design can be elegant as well as functional. Thus, it is important for kitchen designers to understand the concept of universal design when it comes to one of the most important rooms in the home, the kitchen. Our Mansfield, MA designer Amy Mood recently took a course to become a certified Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) and shares her experiences in a short blog post below.

Amy Mood, Designer at Kitchen Views in Mansfield, MA

“Universal Design”
by Amy Mood, AKBD

I recently completed a course offered by the National Association of Home Builders to become CAPS certified, which stands for Certified Aging in Place Specialist.  The course was fascinating and has really raised my awareness for products intended to make spaces accessible to all, whether aging in place or limited in some other capacity.

Of course, any good kitchen design starts with cabinetry and I have found Kraftmaid Cabinetry’s “Passport Series” one of the best in terms of the type of cabinets offered as well as available door styles and finishes that are standard to their line.  All of the Passport Series’ base cabinets include roll-outs, pullouts or drawers and some other nice features include a base tambour cabinet and even a pull-out table unit.

For more information, you can visit Kraftmaid’s website on Universal Design or your nearest Kitchen Views showroom to see styles and finishes first hand or to speak with a kitchen designer.

Amy Mood, AKBD
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
71 Maple Street, Mansfield, MA 02048
Phone: 508-339-8020

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