Chapter 9: Additional Areas
Additional areas include indoor and outdoor living spaces that aren't in every home. These areas need to be universally accessible if they exist.
Residential Universal Design Building Code, 2023 version. © The Universal Design Project.
Additional areas include (but are not limited to) living & family rooms, outdoor living spaces, storage sheds, pools & spas, hall closets, mudrooms, basements, attics, flex rooms, home offices, exercise rooms, and sensory rooms.
No steps should be required to access any inside and outside spaces. This applies to transitions between interior spaces and transitions to exterior spaces (e.g., decks, porches, patios).
Every area that extends floor-to-ceiling should have a 60" (152cm) turning radius.
Where possible, a restroom (toilet + sink) should be on the same level and not require navigating any steps or elevator for access.
Lighting should be strategically placed to illuminate indoor and outdoor living and work areas while minimizing shadows and glare.
At least 75% of storage and other places where items are stored or organized should be located between 18-48" (46-122cm) from the floor.
As work from home, homeschooling, and other in-home learning increases, it's important to have dedicated work areas for adults or children that are quiet and organized.
If workspaces are built-in, the counter/surface should be table height (30-32" / 76-81cm). However, space for an adjustable-height desk is preferable.
Porches, patios, and decks should be partially or fully covered to protect from both sun and inclement weather.
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