EVIDENCE-BASED DESIGN (EBD) is an outcome-driven approach to designing the built environment based on credible research and empirical data.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design ADA compliant products are designed to make their use easier, safer, and more comfortable for people with disabilities or limited mobility.  Residential new building and remodels can incorporate the ideas in the ADA Standards as guidelines to improve overall functionality.  The DripDry delivers a kitchen design that benefits the people who live, work, and interact in these spaces.

Meet Nancy Schnur, founder of Universal Interiors LLC in Kailua, Hawaii.  Since 1982, Nancy has led top residential and hospitality design projects. She earned National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certification and became a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist. Through the CAPS certification, Nancy developed an interest in using her talents for those who need it most.

Nancy has been fortunate to help a lot of people and provides design services for anyone who prefers to age in place or has special needs.  She gained an additional certification, Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC).  This area of Interior Design focuses primarily on designing for Healthcare facilities, but the premise can be used anywhere.  Just as medicine uses evidence to build knowledge for best practices so should design when it comes to healing environments. Many of these aspects are discussed in Nancy’s blogs and in articles she posts.

Design Impacts Lives

One of Universal Interiors LLC specialties is remodeling kitchens and bathrooms to update you not only with the current trends and efficient fixtures but also to make it accessible for now and for the future so you can stay in your home in your senior years. A professional designer should have the client’s best interest at the core of the design.  It’s important that you feel comfortable communicating with your designer which is why Nancy and her team always like to meet with potential clients to discuss the relationship one is looking for to ensure the vision can be implemented. At Universal Interiors they believe that design impacts lives and operates on the philosophy that everyone deserves good design.

Attention Architects: Windows and Smart Sink Placement | The Drip Dry

Lifestyle needs can be met with the ergonomic multi-function design of the Drip Dry hidden dish rack.  It can be built lower in a cabinet for accessibility by an individual who cannot reach higher, and it can be pulled down to a lower level, creating a place to prop washed produce.   With the amount of time spent preparing meals and cleaning, the epitome of universal design is one that helps disabled individuals use their kitchens.

Dish Rack in Cabinet

Design by Universal Interiors LLC / Nancy Schnur, ASID, CAPS, EDAC, NCIDQ