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Universal Design: Barrier Free Renovations + Aging in Place

Universal Design [Barrier Free Renovations/Aging In Place/Accessible Design]


Shower with curbless entry. North York house addition.

Universal design is the idea of making living spaces accessible to all people, including older people and those with disabilities.  As people live longer, there is a greater need to create living spaces to accommodate extended life spans.  Living at home is usually a less expensive option than moving into an assisted living facility.

The idea of universal design is also known by other names: aging in place, barrier free design/renovation, accessible renovations, adaptable design.

We can perform the following types of barrier free renovations and accessible modifications:

  • Bathroom renovations: curbless showers, walk-in-tubs, accessible vanity, shower benches, grab bars
  • Door widening: to allow for walkers & wheelchairs
  • Electrical: lowering switches, adding lighting
  • Door knob replacement: install levers for easier operation
  • Ramp construction for wheelchairs and walkers
  • Slip resistant flooring

Our designer will work with you to identify your current and future needs, and make design and product recommendations to accommodate your requirements.

Accessible design is functional by necessity.  But it can also be created to look good and add to the value of the house.

View our completed projects, where barrier free design and aging in place was important to the homeowner:

North York House Addition

Don Mill Condo Renovation

Accessible Bathroom Renovation

Do you have an accessible need you would like to discuss?  Contact us and let’s talk!

About Us

Inspire Homes is a design + build contractor serving the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), including Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Caledon and regions surrounding Toronto.

We have built barrier free renovations in single family home in Toronto, as well as in condos in Toronto.

Inspire Homes is fully insured with $2 million liability insurance, WSIB insurance, and we have a comprehensive two year warranty on all our work.