In Livable Design: From Commodity to Community with Affordable, Adaptable, Beautiful Home Design, architect Jeffrey DeMure, AIA, presents various design solutions that could be incorporated in the home as it is being built to meet the needs of residents with disabilities or those who are aging in place.

DeMure, together with his team, Jeffrey DeMure + Associates Architects Planners, developed Livable Design, a collection of simple, cost-effective elements that can be incorporated into the design of any living space to make it more fully inclusive for residents and guests of all ages and mobility profiles.

The book offers practical step-by-step instructions for builders, developers and homeowners who want to create homes and communities that can transform the lives of those who live with a disability, the firm explains in a media release.

“In any given market, at least 70 percent of builders are building for less than 35 percent of home buyers, so it’s no wonder there’s so much commonality and similarity among offerings,” DeMure says in the release.

“What Livable Design allows for is a broader penetration into something that has a deeper purpose and speaks the language of the people who are actually going to buy and live in these homes while creating multi-generational communities designed to be genuinely livable and inclusive for a much greater percentage of the population.”

Moving beyond the industry’s buzzwords of “aging-in-place” and “universal design,” which to date have been geared mainly toward remodeling homes, the premise of Livable Design is that we should start with the idea of making homes livable from the outset he shares.

Livable Design is not a single feature, the release adds, but a series of elements that likely escape conscious notice, but work in concert to enhance the functionality, flow, beauty and safety of the home.

[Source(s): Jeffrey DeMure + Associates Architects Planners, PR Newswire]