|Re: Universal Design means UNIVERSAL design||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Kristin Becker (kbeckerposterfrost.com)|
|Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2003 12:30:03 -0600 (MDT)|
You can often sink dumpsters if top-loading is necessary. Brings the level of the dumpster down without shrinking the size. You have to coordinate with your trash company to be clear requirements for pick-up. Kristin Becker (520-882-6310) For further information about Poster Frost Associates go to www.posterfrost.com ----- Original Message ----- From: "Sharon Villines" <sharon [at] sharonvillines.com> To: <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2003 9:50 AM Subject: Re: [C-L]_Universal Design means UNIVERSAL design > > On 6/26/2003 11:50 AM, "Fred H Olson" <fholson [at] cohousing.org> wrote: > > > As far as I know, there is no co-housing community that is designed using > > universal design as defined above. Anyone know of one? > > Our commonhouse is and most of the units are. Of 43 units we have several > with interior stairs and/or exterior stairs, but over half are either ground > level (no threshold) or accessed by elevator elevator. Only three (?) have > porch stairs but could be converted to ramps. All units have extra wide > doors on bathrooms, big bathrooms, etc. All our light switches are low. Good > lighting (too much actually). All the curbs have cutouts. We have several > handicapped parking spots as near to the building as possible. > > During construction some accessible options were messed up by the contractor > and have to be corrected. The path to the hot tub, for example, may be too > steep for easy wheelchair access (I don't think it has been tested yet). A > kiosk was placed on the entry with a ramp instead of by the stairs. Wheels > can still get by but not as easily as designed. > > Acoustics is a problem, particularly for hearing impaired, but we are > working on that. > > We have not solved the problem of dumpsters for those using wheels or for > children. We did manage to get dumpsters that are 4 ft high instead of 5. > The lids are still too heavy at that awkward height. You have to hold them > up and swing a big bag of trash in. At 5'5", I started using smaller bags. > The dumpsters with the side openings (very nice idea) were impossible to > open after rust set in (about 2 weeks in humid DC). > > Sharon > -- > Sharon Villines > Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC > http://www.takomavillage.org > > _______________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list > Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: > http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L
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