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 One of the blogs in my reader had a post that got some wheels spinning in my head. There are some number of people living with mobility issues, who would benefit from a house designed specifically for them. Like this:

- level entry
- clear access to entry
- wider corridors
- toilet on entry level
- reinforced bathroom wall to allow future railing
- step-free shower

So wouldn't it be cool if new house construction incorporated these elements?

Now, let's suppose that ten percent of households have someone with a mobility issue. Or whatever percent. Ideally, what percent of houses should incorporate an accessible design?

(BTW, this is a trick question.)

And the answer, basically, is that you don't look at the individual, you don't look at the family, you look at the building and what is likely to happen in the lifetime of the building. And the figure was:

"US research showed 90 per cent of newly built homes would at some point have someone with a mobility issue residing there."

Source: http://smh.domain.com.au/real-estate-news/liveable-house-design-20100713-108g6.html - Livable House Design by Kirsty Needham, Sydney Morning Herald, July 22, 2010.

Blog post source: http://hoydenabouttown.com/20100713.7814/liveable-house-design/
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