What is EasyLiving Home?
EasyLiving Home is a voluntary certification program designed to encourage builders of single-family homes, duplexes and triplexes to include EasyLiving Home features in the design and construction of new homes.
A Home For All Reasons.
EasyLiving Home features make a home more livable for homeowners and visitors in all seasons of life: first-time homebuyers, young families, career professionals, active adults and those living with temporary or long-term disabilities. Whether it is strollers, grocery carts, wheelchairs, 330-pound football players or heavy furniture and equipment, all will move easily and safely in an EasyLiving Home.
EasyLiving Home Features Include:
- Easy Access with a step-free entrance from a driveway, sidewalk or other firm route into the central living area.
- Easy Passage because the exterior door that provides the step-free entrance and EVERY interior passage door on the main level (including bathrooms) is at least a 3’0″ or 2’10″ door, or a 2’8″ pocket door, or other solution that provides 32 inches of clear passage space. Non-passage closet doors are not required to meet the 32 inch clear passage standard, but this can be an added advantage where feasible.
- Easy Use because the main floor includes a kitchen, an entertainment area, a bedroom, and at least one full bathroom with sufficient maneuvering space . . . all on the main floor.
Two-story homes are eligible for EasyLiving Home certification because the designated features refer only to the story served by the step-free entrance. Additional Universal Design features can be incorporated if the builder and buyer desire; however, the basic features listed above are the minimum requirements for certification. Since Fair Housing regulations cover multi-family dwellings with four or more units, EasyLiving Home limits certification to single-family homes, duplexes, triplexes and townhouses.
What is a zero-step entry?
A zero-step entry means just what it says—no steps to the entry.