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Narrower hallways? First, a well-designed house shouldn't have lengthy expanses of hallways. Second, the concept of universal design ought to be the standard and not something people have to pay extra to get.
It's like builders don't think people won't want to stay in the home for decades and that they will age as they live there. Or buyers truly believe they are immortal and bad medical things will never ever happen to them or their offspring or their parents.
ALL homes ought to come equipped with minimal hallways, 32" doorways, wide enough staircases to add in a chair lift, extra room in the garage for the adddition of a ramp, a sloped, ridged concrete exit to the patio instead of a couple of steps down, at least one roll-in shower, and room enough for a wheelchair spin or maneouvering a walker, plus grab bars, in that bathroom.
I'm surprised sunken family rooms/living rooms didn't make the list. Even one step down can become an insurmountable obstacle if someone suddenly becomes disabled.
Get with and up to date on these things, I'm sure it will keep/attract more readers.........
All of you "haters" of "american Gigantism" whatever the hell that is, would be the first in line to "belly up to the bar" if you were invited to a party from someone who had the desire, courage and the almighty dollar to purchase such an upgrade.
jealousy is the obvious motivation for anything and everything you have to say in life.
go get a job!!
Please spare us these kitchens smack in the middle of a big public space (be it the family room or the "great room") with no way to close the door and cook in peace (or to contain a puppy who is being housebroken). In any case, the "great room" always makes me think I'm expected to walk in and say "Hey, this is a GREAT ROOM!".
And, since the main public room of a house used to be the living room (before "family rooms" were invented), if one of these spaces is to be eliminated by builders it seems like the one that is left is the living room.
I foresaw the demise of the outdoor kitchen... wasteful to duplicate all those applainces when a well designed house would allow a good flow from the mian kitchen to the outdoor space. Media rooms also seem over the top... why not sit in your comfortable couch and watch a movie!