Ann Arbor, MI — KraftMaid Cabinetry has provided the cabinetry for the recently opened Universal Design Living Laboratory (UDLL) demonstration home, a Columbus, OH project aimed at illustrating the principles and benefits of universal design.
The 3,500 sq.-ft. ranch-style home, which will serve as a learning center and resource for builders, designers, architects and homeowners, kicked off tours last month, with proceeds going to various charities, according to the Ann Arbor, MI-based KraftMaid Cabinetry.
“The Universal Design Living Laboratory demonstration home was an inspiring project for KraftMaid,” said Sarah Reep, director of designer relations and education for KraftMaid Cabinetry. “This home truly represents the home of the future. It will allow homeowners to live an entire lifetime within their home regardless of physical capabilities or conditions.”
The UDLL home was the creation of project founder Rosemarie Rossetti and her husband Mark Leder. Rossetti endured a spinal cord injury 13 years ago that left her paralyzed from the waist down. After returning home from the hospital in a wheelchair, Rossetti realized just how unaccommodating her previous two-story home was for this new reality. Rossetti’s frustrations and challenges maneuvering through her home inspired her and her husband to research and ultimately build the UDLL home, “to bring the most innovative Universal Design principles to life as an example of how to design a home that is comfortable and accessible for all.”
Rossetti and Leder worked with a KraftMaid designer to develop the kitchen, powder room, master bath, which features a unique his and hers solution, and secondary bath design.
To learn more about the project, visit www.udll.com.