Universal Design/Build Training

Registration – 2018 Dates Added!

Universal Design/Build Training

Course Description

Universal Design delivers a living environment that is not dependent on someone's height, size, physical ability, strength, or age. It provides all the functional and operational aspects of a home (controls, doorways, passageways, appliances, fixtures, closets, cabinets, windows, door and cabinet hardware, and more) so it can be used by essentially anyone,whether they live there or are just visiting.

Universal Design is being heralded by NKBA, AIA and ASID one of the top trends for our industry in the coming years. 

How will you bring your knowledge and skill-set up to this demand? This two-day workshop will teach you how to incorporate these principles into your work  whether you are a designer, architect,contractor, occupational therapist or a vendor.

Who should take this Workshop?
For those interested in accessibility, visit-ability, safety, comfort, security, and the convenience aspects of aging-in-place design.  Anyone
who desires this knowledge should take it, even if they have not completed any or all of the CAPS courses!

If you are CAPS certified, this workshop is a companion course which will expand on that material. It provides 12 hours of CE credit (all that is
needed for a 3-year renewal cycle).  It is an excellent complement to the CAPS courses.

The Universal Design/Build Workshop covers the following topics in its two days (12 hours) of instruction:

  • Overview – what is UD and how does it benefit your clients and your business?
  • Developing a UD Program – how to gather the information you need to begin the UD design process.
  • Foundations, entrances and exterior routes of travel – getting into and out of a home and making it attractive.
  • Interior passages and vertical circulation – moving throughout the home easily.
  • Indoor environmental quality – how do acoustics, lighting and air quality affect our clients?
  • Doors and windows- choices to improve convenience and function.
  • Kitchen – guidelines for designing spaces that are equally comfortable for everyone.
  • Bathroom and bedroom – how to enhance the health, wellness and accessibility
  • Specialty areas and utilities – laundry area, home office, pet space, and flex space.
  • Technology’s role in Universal Design -- how can technology contribute to the safety, convenience and energy efficiency of a home.
  • Marketing and communication – how to talk about Universal Design and use it in your marketing.
  • The world of UD resources to help you.


Last week I attended two Universal Design courses taught by Anne Kellett and sponsored by Household Guardians.  My intent was to supplement the CAPS training. I received last year through NAHB.  The Universal Design courses exceeded my expectations and definitely enhanced my skill set.  I now feel more confident working with clients and bringing Universal Design to my projects.

Anne is an accomplished instructor and practitioner of Universal Design so her insight and examples were invaluable to the course content and presentation.  I would highly recommend this course and instructor to anyone interested in incorporating Universal Design into their interior design practice.


I had the opportunity to attend Anne Kellett’s Universal Design/Build class.  The class was packed with pertinent information, engaged every
class member, expanded my knowledge of Universal Design and how to implement it in the home and allowed me to work on exercises that confirmed the application of Universal design principles.  Anne is a natural teacher.  She connected with every student, encouraged us to interact with the each other and made the class fun.

I highly recommend this class to any designer as the concepts can be applied to every design discipline.