Universal Design

Handicap Ramp in the Snow

With Central Virginia mid-October temperatures heading towards the 90’s, I thought we could use a snow photo!

 Several years ago we built a home (Camp Karen)for multiple generations.  Since my mother in law was going to be living with us, we included two 1st level suites, wider doors, height appropriate sinks, multi zoned heating systems, a ramp, and other custom features.  Little did we know we were plodding through aspects of universal design on our own.  There are many aspects of universal design and I would urge you to explore them but I want to focus on residential universal design.  Universal design allows multiple generations to live together or home owners to age in place instead of moving your home limits your mobility.  For those who want to age in place (not move from their home as they age but retrofit the home to meet changing needs), Central Virginia has a new resource.  Builder Fish specializes in recycling homes to fit the needs of aging owners.  Instead of moving into a different home or retirement community, new options all owners to stay in their current homes and age in place.  For our next home (who knows when that will be!), I definitely plan to use more universal design since that will probably be our last new construction project!

  If you’re interested in building a home or buying a home, farm or land, let’s talk!

About James Friend Dickerson

Real Estate Consultant As a native of Central Virginia and a full time REALTOR since 1991, James listens to your needs to provide information allowing you to make informed choices. In our constantly changing world, you need a REALTOR who puts you first providing rigidly flexible service. James Dickerson provides a high level of service designed to fit each individual clients needs. Having received many awards from both the local Association of REALTORS and RE/MAX International, James is recognized as an authority on the local real estate market. The highest form of recognition James receives continues to be the many repeat clients who seek out his services time after time plus sending their relatives, friends, co-workers and neighbors to James for their real estate needs. Contact James today for an interview to discuss your real estate needs. James is a licensed real estate sales person in the Commonwealth of Virginia with Charlottesville Solutions. Personal As a Central Virginia native (Born in Charlottesville and raised in Albemarle and Louisa Counties), James' youth was filled with extra-curricular activities and organizations centered around school, church and the Boy Scouts of America. A graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management, James' non-real estate activities include spending time with family & friends, traveling, stalking deer & spring gobblers, fly fishing, church and Masonic activities. James and his lovely bride Karen live between Zion Crossroads and Gordonsville in the Green Springs area of Louisa County. Their dog Sammy passed away so they'll be adopting another dog soon through www.petfinders.com.
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