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UNIVERSAL DESIGN
ACCESSIBILITY IN THE KITCHEN

A Kitchen and Bath
for All the Ages

B e a u t y, f u n c t i o n a n d
safety come together in
a M i n n e s o t a c o u p l e 's
renovation

LIKE MANY HOMEOWNERS who want to age in place and remain independent, a couple in Bloomington, Minn., sought out the help of Danielle
Lardani, a kitchen and bath designer with Studio M Design Center, to
renovate their townhouse with universal design elements. So that they could
live there for as long as possible, Lardani incorporated a number of accessible
features - particularly in the kitchen and master bath.
Principles of universal design make a space usable for people of all abilities,
as it requires minimal physical effort and takes size, space, reach and effort
into account while minimizing potential for accidents. Lardani said that while
not every client requests universal design, the number of people who give it
some thought is growing.
" Aging in place is something we think about when we design for every client, " she added. " I think of larger walkways, drawers versus doors on cabinetry,
raising or lowering countertop heights and sinks and the layout. How are they
going to be able to maneuver in that space and does it fit for two of them? "
The main living spaces were on the main level, but there were some issues
with the layout and design. Not only was it very dated circa 1980s style, it was
also compartmentalized without the open floor plan they were seeking; the
kitchen had been walled off from the rest of the downstairs area. In addition
to incorporating universal design elements, the couple's goal was to rework the
space in keeping with their design aesthetic, which was transitional, refined
and welcoming.

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ABOVE Sleek, modern touches
blend with universal design
elements in this kitchen that
was completely redesigned
for a bright, open feel.

Like many people, the homeowners view the
kitchen as the hub of their home, and they spend
a great deal of time in that space. When devising
universal design features, Lardani primarily considered ease of use and accessibility.
For example, in the event that anyone in the
household is ever in a wheelchair, she placed the
double oven at a height where at least the lower
portion would be accessible. So that two people
can work comfortably in the kitchen at the same
time, a prep area is to the left of the sink, while the
main baking area is to the right of it.
Roll-out drawers are a perfect illustration of
universal design in the kitchen, and Lardani was
generous in this respect, incorporating them under both the sink and the cooktop. The goal was
twofold: to promote easy accessibility and efficient
organization for things like pots and pans and
cleaning supplies. On the countertop, she also
added a larder cabinet with a bifold door to house
daily appliances so that they could remain hidden
away and yet be convenient to access. The upper
portion of the larder is filled with baking supplies
and serving dishes, while the lower portion houses
everyday-use small appliances.
The designer also used pulls on all the cabinets
so the user does not have to grasp small knobs,
a classic universal design feature. The exquisite
illumination includes two large focal-point pendants, lighting over the sink and an abundance
of recessed lighting throughout the kitchen and
adjoining rooms for better visibility.
Lardani, who used Chief Architect Interiors for
this project, designed one side of the island with an
angled panel to provide adequate walkways along
with shallow additional storage space beneath the
seating for seasonal items.

RIGHT Roll-out drawers were
installed in the pantry cabinet,
which makes for easy visibility
of items that often get lost
in the back. Lardani also
designed a pull-out shelf for
unloading heavy grocery bags
with ease.

By HILARY
DANINHIRSCH

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Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Note
NKBA Note
Happenings
Trends
Better Business
Skill Set
Hot Topic
Learning Corner
Special Section
KBIS 2021
Favorites
Universal Design
Color Find
Solutions
Small Spaces
What’s Hot
Last Word
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