The Latest Trends in Accessible Homes

Today, it’s not enough for a home to be beautiful. It also needs to be functional. We’re seeing both of these key elements incorporated seamlessly into the accessible homes of today, especially in universally designed homes.

Wondering what the most popular accessible homes feature? Here are the latest trends that we’re seeing in new homes in and around the Triangle.

Open Floor Plans

The latest home design trends favor open floor plans. Not only are open floor plans ideal for entertaining guests, they provide enough space for residents in wheelchairs to get around easily, and promote an open rather than a cramped feeling in the main rooms. There tends to be more space in the rooms on the first floor, including the kitchen, dining room, and living rooms, in these new homes.

First Floor Master Bedroom

Having the owner’s suite on the first floor is becoming an increasingly popular design element in new homes, allowing homeowners to “age in place” and residents with disabilities the ability to live comfortably on the first floor without having to worry about navigating the stairs, especially in a two-story home.

(Here are all available homes in the Triangle area with a first floor master bedroom, or gated communities with first floor master bedrooms if you’re looking for these features.)

Appliances Off the Floor

new washing machine and dryerHaving microwaves, ovens, dishwashers, and laundry off of the floor and within easy reach are great trends that we have been seeing in newer accessible homes. But in older homes, too, front-load washers and dryers are important features — no need to worry about putting strain on your back to pull out the laundry!

In kitchens, there is plenty of cabinet space built into the kitchen island — a great space saver within easy reach.

Other Features in Accessible Homes

But in addition to these latest home design trends, we’re still seeing other elements of universal design incorporated into the newest properties. These elements include:

  • zero-step entry
  • wider doorways
  • lever-style door handles
  • covered entryways
  • smart home wiring
  • walk-in or roll-in showers

Searching for an Accessible Home in the Triangle?

I’m Karen Barbour, a real estate agent who specializes in providing resources for the whole disability community in the Triangle. Are you searching for an accessible home that has these latest home features? If you are eager to find your perfect home that’s accessible and trendy, contact me today at (919) 931-1939 or and we can schedule a showing.

2 thoughts on “The Latest Trends in Accessible Homes

  1. hi Karen! Cool website. Janie’s place has every single one of these features, except for smart home technology although we’ll build that in feature by feature as we see what she needs. Closing in about two weeks. Inspections passed! Roommates secured upstairs. Still need housemate. I took some photos for you and will text them to you. Without furniture yet it looks kind of bleak butut you will get the idea, I guess. Maybe we can have a beer soon at Full Steam Brewery or a coffee at Cocoa Cinnamon, two great places out her back door! Merry Christmas to you and your family! Betsy
    PS We didn’t do cards this year. May still but really busy!

    1. Hi Betsy! Merry Christmas to you and your family too. I’d love to get together int he new year and I’d love to see Janie’s place sometime.

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