Visitability Design Starts at the Curb

Recorded On: 07/18/2018

As long as people are able-bodied, they can enter most homes. However, for people not fitting this description, most walkways, yards, driveways or planting areas offer challenges in even getting to the front door. That’s the whole point of visitability — creating a home that accommodates nearly everyone who might want to enter and move about within the home whether they live there, visit often, or are just a casual guest. The classic definition of visitability focuses on use of the home once inside, but it begins long before that — at the street. Builders, contractors, architects and designers need to create a flow that allows people and their guests to transition easily and unrestricted from the outside of the home to the inside. This webinar replay will focus on the key areas of concern in getting someone to the front door so they can gain entrance without issue.

Photo Credit: 2016 Best Universal Design Home for 55+ New Construction, Gold, New Idea Home. Photographer: Philip Wegener

Participants in this webinar replay will:

  • Discover that visitability is not limited to just the inside of the home
  • See that universal design is closely aligned with visitability
  • Appreciate that visitability applies to everyone who uses the property, including the occupants

Speaker: Steve Hoffacker, CAPS, CEAC, SHSS, Steve Hoffacker LLC

NAHB Continuing Education: 1.0 hours of continuing education credits for the following 12 designations: CAPS, CGA, CGB, CGP, CGR, CMP, CSP, GMB, GMR, Master CGP, Master CSP, MIRM.

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Steve Hoffacker, CAPS, CEAC, SHSS

Steve Hoffacker LLC

Steve Hoffacker, CAPS, CEAC, SHSS (Steve Hoffacker LLC, West Palm Beach, Florida) is an internationally known and widely respected aging in place, universal design, and visitability advocate, instructor, author, and consultant. He also is a professional sociologist and former urban planner. He is a Certified Aging In Place Specialist, NAHB CAPS Instructor of the Year for 2015, and a NAHB Master Instructor, a Certified Environmental Access Consultant (CEAC), a Senior Home Safety Specialist (SHSS), and member of Age Safe America, National Aging In Place Council, American Occupational Therapy Association, National Council on Independent Living, and the National Kitchen and Bath Association. He publishes the “Aging-In-Place Insider” blog daily for industry professionals and aging-in-place providers and maintains the groups on LinkedIn and Facebook, both named “Aging & Accessibility,” which anyone can join. Steve has a history of working in the home building industry in some capacity for more than 30 years, and for the past 11 of those years has been helping contractors, remodelers, handymen, custom builders. real estate professionals, occupational and physical therapists, architects, insurance agents, attorneys, lenders, and so many other interested professionals to create, modify, and provide new and existing homes to allow people the greatest ease of access and mobility, safety, comfort, and convenience as they remain in those home for as long as they desire.


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Recorded 07/18/2018
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