May 10, 2007 - Live Blog From Vegas - K/BIS Day Two
I started the second day of K/BIS at the NKBA Industry Trends marketplace witha mini-seminar on universal design.
- Drue Lawlor talked about the many ways universal design aspects of the home, including the bath and kitchen areas, can be made accessible to those with physical, visual and/or hearing impairments without compromising on design. Items such as grab bars, which used to be very institutional-looking, now are much more aesthetically pleasing.
But universal design is not only for those with disabilities - its premise is to make the home comfortable for all people living there: children and adults,as well as baby boomers planning ahead so they can stay in their homes as they age.
Lawlor referenced a survey of older Americans and what they wanted in their bathrooms:
- higher toilets
- easily accessible shower doors
- curbless showers
- less depth for tubs
- larger showers with non-slip base
- enough counter space in bathroom
- more storage in bath
- better lighting (both natural and artificial)
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Watch as American Standard demos its new Champion 4 toilet - a new model from its Champion line with a redesigned flush tower. Extensive testing has been done on this model to ensure it doesn't have the flushing problems the previous model did.
Vegas Heats Up
American Standard is also showing its Champion 4 toilet - a new model of its Champion with a redesigned flush tower. Extensive testing has been done on this model - at least a year’s worth - to ensure that this model doesn’t have the flushing problems the previous model did.
Water In The Desert
The day ended with a tour of the NextGen house, with home automation system, water-conserving fixtures in the bath and kitchen, energy-saving appliances, as a really cool beverage center where you can program the favorite beverages of each person in the home.
Stay tuned for tidbits from the final day of the show...
Kelly Faloon, Managing Editor, PM
Click on the video link to view a sample of the NKBA Industry Trends Marketplace seminars. Here, Drue Lawlor discusses the many ways universal design can aid the impaired without compromising a home's design.