ADA-Compliant Design Is Paving the Way for Accessible Design

Think of the 1990s, and visions of neon colors, scrunchies, and blow-up furniture might come to mind. But 1990 also brought us one of the most significant and impactful laws affecting design: the Americans With Disabilities Act, more commonly known as ADA.

Although it was more broadly a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability, it also transformed the way buildings were designed across the United States, requiring equal access for those with disabilities to public spaces, transportation, commercial buildings, and places of recreation and respite, like restaurants, hotels, and schools.

In residential design, it had a lasting impact on kitchens and bathrooms in particular, which had notoriously been spaces that were hard to navigate for people with a range of disabilities. For someone in a wheelchair, for example, upper cabinets in a kitchen are often out of reach, and to someone with visual impairments, the lighting and

Read More

Rare hotel featuring inclusive design opens in Amherst | Local News

Uniland in 2018 won $1.15 million in incentives from the Amherst Industrial Development Agency by arguing the project qualified as a tourism destination. The developer later bought the property from the town.

Uniland from the beginning set out to design a hotel that could better accommodate sled-hockey players and other athletes with disabilities.

Universal, or inclusive, design is different than accessible design, said Levine of UB’s IDEA Center. Accessibility is a minimum standard and can be an afterthought in the design process.

The standard also usually centers on people with mobility or vision impairment and doesn’t address the needs of people with, for example, cognitive disabilities, colorblindness, chemical sensitivity, she said.

“Accessibility is not good enough and as designers we need to go beyond that,” Levine said.

There are no standard Hampton rooms in the hotel at 1601 Amherst Manor Drive. Seven of the 107 rooms are fully accessible, as

Read More

Fire spreads quickly through mobile home in Vancouver

Firefighters rescued a cat from a mobile home fire Tuesday in Vancouver’s North Image neighborhood.

Vancouver Fire Department crews were dispatched at 9:49 a.m. to Sky Ridge Estates mobile home park, 13217 N.E. 59th St., for a report of a residential fire.

While en route to the fire, dispatchers relayed that a witness reported someone had entered the home and not exited, Vancouver Fire Department spokesman Joe Spatz said.

The first arriving crew found a mobile home with smoke and flames visible on the inside and outside; thick, black smoke was pouring from the building and flames were spreading to a nearby tree, Spatz said.

Firefighters doused the spreading flames from outside of the home before another crew went inside and extinguished the interior fire, according to the fire department.

No one was found inside the home, but firefighters rescued a cat and reunited it with its owner. It is

Read More

The Best Audiophile Speakers for Your Home Audio System

Speakers are one of the bedrocks of any audio or home theater system, but that’s especially true if you’re building one that’ll last you years (or even forever).

The word “audiophile” is thrown around a lot, but the speakers in this guide have earned that title based on a couple of core tenants: the first is that they offer incredible performance due to their structural design, engineering, and materials. Second, they must have unique attributes that help them stand out among other speakers in their class. The use of proprietary custom technology also ensures you won’t find another pair of speakers quite like the selections below.

More from Rolling Stone

We’ve made sure to select speakers that span the full spectrum of prices. Yes, the gear here is expensive, but in many cases the entry-level speaker in a company’s high-end audio line has inherited features and design tweaks informed by

Read More

The 10 Best Outdoor Home Upgrades for Your Money

Many of us are focused on home this summer. One great way to take advantage of the warm weather is to make improvements to the exterior of your house.

a man cooking food on a table: shutterstock_1052678198

© Monkey Business Images /

On the whole, remodeling is more a consumption purchase than an investment. Rare is the remodeling project that recoups 100% of the cost. And even fewer remodeling jobs actually make money for the homeowner. A remodel, instead, lets you enjoy an upgraded home, or prepare your place for resale.

It’s not the usual blah, blah, blah. Click here to sign up for our free newsletter.

Nevertheless, some projects pay back better than others.

Remodeling Magazine, which assesses home improvements for their return on investment for its annual Cost Vs. Value report, rates the following upgrades as the best uses of exterior remodeling dollars in 2020. All numbers represent national averages.

1. New manufactured stone

Read More

FINE Cabinetry Kitchen & Bath Co. Is Available for Bathroom Remodeling Projects for Fall 2020 | Aug 4, 2020

Langhorne, PA — (SBWIRE) — 08/04/2020 — Residents of Bucks County and the surrounding areas who are looking for experienced bathroom remodeling contractors can turn to FINE Cabinetry Kitchen & Bath Co. for customized solutions and the highest quality bathroom design services, all of which are available at the most affordable prices.

The experts at FINE Cabinetry Kitchen & Bath Co. are dedicated to helping local homeowners design and build the bathrooms of their dreams. As a trusted remodeling company in and around the Langhorne area for over 60 years, their team of professional contractors knows exactly what it takes to make bathroom remodeling projects stress-free and affordable. In fact, they offer unparalleled workmanship and customer service because their sole dedication is to their clients’ satisfaction.

Bathrooms are notorious for being strictly functional and not providing much space — something the FINE Cabinetry Kitchen & Bath Co. team can easily

Read More

7 Ways to upgrade your home interior without spending a fortune

a room filled with furniture and a fireplace

© Provided by Pinkvilla

Who doesn’t like to live in splendour? Most people wish to live in cosy, well-designed luxurious homes. But having a high-end looking home can be difficult, especially if you have a tight budget. If you wish to redecorate your abode and make it look like a brand-new house, but on a budget, then you’ve landed on the right page. We have compiled a list of ideas that won’t break the bank. 

Upgrading your home interiors doesn’t mean that you have to spent a fortune. With some creativity and good ideas, you can easily redecorate your house in no time. So, before heading out to buy something new, check out these ideas that might inspire you.

Check out the ingenious tricks for decorating your house on a budget.  

1- Proper lighting can bring life to your house. Don’t go for a small and dark room, but an

Read More

Luxury home in Kerala produces all of its own energy

Thrissur-based design studio LIJO RENY Architects has taken full advantage of Kerala’s sunny, tropical climate with its design of The House Within the Grid, a luxury residence that produces all of its own energy via rooftop solar panels. Commissioned by a doctor couple with four children, the solar-powered home is currently used as a holiday escape from the clients’ primary residence in Sharjah; however, the house will eventually serve as the family’s permanent home in the future.

Continue reading below

Our Featured Videos

entrance to white home

Located on a slightly elevated half-acre lot in the coastal neighborhood of Andathode, the House Within the Grid encompasses nearly 9,000 square feet of living space to accommodate the primary family of six and the clients’ extended family and friends on holiday visits. To provide privacy to the main sleeping wing, the architects divided the home into two connected yet distinct parallel bays — a single-story bay

Read More

Is Tempo’s AI-powered home gym worth the cost? We put it to the test.

The $1995 machine itself is a screen that’s embedded in a sleek armoire that also neatly houses a mat, weights that range from 7.5 to 100 pounds, a foam roller, and everything else you might need for a full-body workout. You can attend one of seven live classes a day, where your name will appear on the screen along with everyone else working out, allowing you to connect and compete with others the way you would at the gym. Coaches can see your name on the screen and may cheer you on for beating your last rep count (thanks to the 3D sensors that track your motion) or for rising to the top of the pack. Alternatively, you can simply log into one of the hundreds of prerecorded classes that range in length from 15 minutes to an hour. All the while, Tempo’s sensors are counting your reps, recommending weights,

Read More

Burns & McDonnell Teams Up With The Columbus Architectural Studio to Deliver State-of-the-Art Design of Columbus Crew SC Training Facility

The facility will contain amenities such as a weight room, player lounge, recovery room, training room, hydrotherapy area and full-service kitchen and dining space. Unique design features include:

  • Both the First Team and Academy players will each have dedicated locker rooms, player lounges, training and equipment space.
  • The space was designed to evoke a strong sense of team pride, incorporating the team’s branding and colors into all aspects.
  • It is the only MLS facility to convert a soccer specific stadium into a larger training complex
  • Daylight and visual connections to the exterior, with all heavily occupied spaces along the pitch featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing users and visitors to feel connected whether they are inside or out.

“The development of our OhioHealth Performance Center has been a true team effort,” says Tim Bezbatchenko, president and general manager of Columbus Crew SC. “It’s been incredible to be an integrated part of

Read More