Universal Design


Custom Universal Design

At Freedom Design + Build, Inc., we believe that whether you require a universal design, or not, your project should always be beautiful. Our team thoughtfully designs + builds with universal components that are blended so seamlessly that you wouldn’t even know they are there. Excellent universal design can be custom & aesthetically pleasing. The level of customization for each individual that we plan a space for naturally evolves into a universal design.

Ease of use and function is taken into account in all aspects of our projects & thus, elements of universal design can be found in most of our projects naturally.

You do not have to necessarily require universal design to appreciate what it can add to a space. For example, anyone can enjoy a barrier free shower, wider hallways & doorways, or custom countertop heights.

There are two types of universal design: commercial tolerances as described by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and residential tolerances that are slightly less. With custom spaces designed + built from scratch, we can capture both. We combine award winning designs with high-quality craftsmanship, & we recommend the best product lines that will withstand the test of time.

Some of our universal design interior projects include:

  • Accessible living units
  • “Rough-in” for a future elevator when building an addition
  • Barrier-free showers
  • Task lighting
  • Levered faucets & doors
  • Accessible bathroom remodels
  • Elevator design & installation
  • Expanding width of hallways & doors
  • Pull out drawers & other kitchen modifications
  • Grab bar installation
  • Motion sensor lighting
  • First floor owner bedroom suites and bathrooms
  • Tile underneath vanities so the if the vanity eventually needs to be replaced to accommodate a wheelchair, the bathroom won’t require a complete renovation
  • Smart phone controlled thermostats & other automated smart home features
Exterior Universal Design

Universal Design Exterior Improvements

When designing a universal space one of the most important aspects is the access of the space from the street. However, there are several considerations that you might make on the exterior of your home to make it more accessible.

Some of our universal design exterior projects include:

  • Add at least one no-step entrance
  • Slip resistant flooring inside & outside of the entrance
  • Lighting for walkways
  • Ramps built into landscaping or porches
  • Obstacle free walkway to front doorway from vehicle parking & sidewalk
  • Lever door handle on the front door or a key-less lock system
  • Vertical lifts built into decks & porches
  • Overhang/covered main entrance
  • Modified threshold height at main doorway
  • Handrails on both sides of the steps


Working with Freedom Design + Build, Inc. to create a universal design project means that you can expect the same broad vision, careful thought, & handcrafted design as with all of our projects. We apply our tried & true 3-Phase Process to thoughtfully determine best design options, materials, budget, & schedule for your new space. Every detail is considered, making for an exceptional experience. Our team can’t wait to begin designing + building with you!

Universal Home Design Project

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Since 2015, Freedom Design + Build, Inc. has been dedicated to creating truly collaborative relationships with its clients & offers an organic workflow that is fun & allows you to be free to express your most exciting ideas!