Universal Convenience

You likely don’t realize you already have some universally designed features and fixtures in your home, which is as it should be. Universal Design (UD) has been tagged as “aging-in-place” and the awful “handicap accessible”, but it’s also kid-friendly and efficient, convenient for anyone.

“Aging” and disability/inability are problems UD solves but, as Design Consultant Amy Turnage explains, Universal Design is simply the smart, user-friendly and attractive choice regardless of the preferred style and location of the house.

Click here to learn about Universal Design or LifetimeHomeSurvey.com for specific considerations for your home.

Meet Amy Turnage

Design Consultant Amy Turnage and her sister Emily are both unique and very much alike. Amy's love of fishing helps you tell them apart.

Meet Amy's coworkers at our Team page.

Magic Faucet

BuilderFish President and Preacher of Universal Design, Todd Hawkins demonstrates his favorite fixture. Like power windows in a car, you won't go back after you try a motion or touch activated faucet.

Email Todd with questions and here's more information about this particular Delta faucet. Kohler, Moen and most manufacturers carry similar models.

Lifetime Home Survey Update

We update quarterly our Lifetime Home Survey (LTHS) with new products, features and applications demonstrating Universal Design for the home. We made multiple changes in this revision including an attic lift. Also, following her thorough review, we incorporated the suggestions of our Design Consultant Amy Turnage.

Our LTHS resides permanently at LifetimeHomeSurvey.com and serves as either a wish list or assessment tool for specific areas inside and outside your home. Download for free either the “mini”, 2-page executive summary or the full 32-page assessment by clicking the links below and see our Universal Design page for pictures, ideas and a whole house tutorial.

For those with ratcheted up virus protection, the PDFs include many embedded hyperlinks to examples, resources and supporting information so your virus software may give you a warning or inhibit the download. Most of the colored text is an embedded link, click to be taken to the source information or product. Before the end of 2015, we will eliminate the PDFs and make the survey entirely web formatted. 

Lifetime Home mini-Survey (LTHS) BuilderFish 1-5-15

Lifetime Home Survey (LTHS) BuilderFish 1-5-15

Email me if you're having problems and I will send the LTHS as PDF attachments, and I welcome any comments or questions.

What is a Lifetime Home?

A Lifetime Home is personally convenient for anyone. MORE than multi-generational or "livable for a lifetime", everything in design and function is EASY, flexible and adapts to you no matter what happens (i.e. you can accomplish things, get around and care for yourself and others in multiple ways). How does your home measure to this standard?

Watch Design Consultant Amy Turnage describe how UD = Easy.

Any "house" can be a Lifetime Home. Regardless of square footage or type, a Lifetime Home is proactively designed and built so that you and your family can remain there for as long as you choose because you have efficient, socially sustainable options for using the property (i.e. the house adapts to you). A Lifetime Home is the opposite of Peter Pan Syndrome, which produces houses designed and built as if nobody changes, for the average person of an average height, age and mobility. A Lifetime Home is not a style but a characteristic or essence, a smart, high performance house regardless of climate or geographic area.

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Meet Jose Villatoro

Carpenter Jose Villatoro claims an interesting hobby, taking his daughter shopping. Carpentry Foreman Eddie Espindola translates as Jose describes what he gets at the mall.

Meet Jose's coworkers at our Team page

Meet Antonio Cardona

Carpenter Antonio Cardona enjoys listening to music and watching soccer, football and documentaries. Carpentry Foreman Eddie Espindola translates as Antonio describes what he enjoys most about work.

Meet Antonio's coworkers at our Team page

Meet Luke Mandichak

A Steelers fan from Altoona, PA, Welding Division Manager, Luke Mandichak is a perfectionist, even on the grills he makes. A high school teacher nurtured his talent, even allowing him to lead class his senior year, and Luke became a master fabricator.

Meet Luke's coworkers at our Team page.

Meet Dylan Rogers

Carpentry Apprentice, Dylan Rogers enjoys playing guitar and working on cars, but he is happiest mentoring others in nutrition and fitness.

Meet Dylan's coworkers at our Team page

Meet Bill Draper

Director of Estate and Specialty Construction, Bill Draper grew up in Rhode Island, the son of a Green Beret. He studied architecture at Temple University but worked construction jobs to pay for traveling Europe. With an engineer's mind, Bill is our chief researcher and resident expert in all facets of construction with experience working heavy commercial to fine millwork. We don't start a thing without Bill's blessing.

Meet Bill's coworkers at our Team page

Top Performer Eddie Espindola

Carpentry Foreman, Eddie Espindola earned our inaugural Top Performer award for his novel solution to a problem and his mentorship of his team. Top Performer is recognized whenever a teammate improves BuilderFish with a creative approach or extraordinary effort. Congratulations Eddie for being our first winner recognized by his coworkers.

Learn more about Eddie and his coworkers at our Team page.

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