FEBRUARY 17, 1997
Accessibility was the requirement for this house built for Knoll Lumber and Hardware for the 1997 Seattle Home Show. The house was specifically designed to meet changing lifestyles encountered through the aging of the average person.
Every year, Knoll Lumber and Hardware builds a house for the Seattle Home Show, featuring the latest in residential construction and decoration. This year's model, "Country Bungalow," is flush with universal design features.
Universal design, defined as making buildings more livable for people of all abilities, ages, and sizes, is a house made of components that allow people the greatest range of use. Each room in the house demonstrates state-of-the-art equipment and design ideas that can be easily implemented.
Examples of universal design include raising electrical outlets, lowering light switches, widening doors, and eliminating front porch steps. The first floor of Knoll's structure features all living facilities, while upstairs is an open loft.
Easter Seals will be this year's recipient of the Knoll house. The bungalow will be disassembled and taken to the Camp Easter Seal West where it will be used for housing and a classroom.
The Home Show will continue through Feb. 23 at the Kingdome. Times for the show are Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Monday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 9 p.m.; and Friday, noon to 9:30 p.m. Admission to the show is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors; and $2 for juniors. Visitors to the show can return for a second day free.