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Amherst, New York

The 2007 Horizon Home Show in Amherst, NY featured another home designed through the partnership of the IDEA Center's Danise Levine and Richard Bergman of Heartland Homes. This model, a 3200 sq. ft single-story home hosting 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a large great room, library, kitchen, dining room, and large rear porch, again demonstrated the possibilities of incorporating universal design practices into contemporary housing. It also incorporated green building principles and Energy Sat architectural design.

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The Universal Design features include:

  • Driveway sloped to minimize grading No-step entry through garage
  • Higher, elongated toilets
  • Lever handles on all doors
  • Double doors for additional clearance into the owner's suite
  • Rocker type light switches mounted within reach at 48" above the floor
  • Raised outlets to eliminate bending
  • Wider 36" doors throughout
  • Pot filler over stove
  • Dry-cleaning receiving box
  • Lowered windows throughout the house
  • Wide hallways for increased maneuverability
  • Walk-in closets with storage at differing heights
  • Blocking behind walls at shower and toilet in all bathrooms to accommodate future grab bars
  • Oversized roll-in steam shower with handheld, height adjustable showerhead
  • Full-length side panels at front door for security and light
  • Decorative grab rail for additional support at toilets
  • Abundance of storage in kitche n within a reachable height
  • Pull-out shelves to bring storage closer and eliminate reaching
  • Work triangle less than 27', with no leg shorter than 4', no longer than 9'
  • Instant hot water dispenser with fresh water filtration
  • Pull-out faucet spray with handheld control
  • Wall framed to accommodate a future door for direct access from den to powder room

Green Building Principles and Energy Star Architectural designs:

  • High rating in EPA's ENERGY STAR® program that demonstrates the adoption of energy efficient products and practices
  • Heat recovery ventilator (HRV) to provide clean, fresh air while helping keep energy costs low
  • Reverse osmosis water purification system
  • Soy base spray insulation
  • Non VOC paints, adhesives and carpets to preserve both indoor and outdoor air quality
  • CFI Fluorescent Lighting for energy efficiency, visual comfort, and controlled light distribution
  • High efficient windows and doors
  • Hot water on demand
  • Hot water recirculation system on demand
  • 5 step window install protection
  • Building science and moisture control
  • Central vacuum system

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