Recently, I've been taking some time while touring New Urbanism to look out for examples of accessible townhouses. A growing number of New Urbanist designs for townhouses are accessible or visitable by people using wheelchairs. CNU wants to document these buildings to help educate our members about simple ways to incorporate visitable houses into New Urbanist streetscapes.
We welcome images of townhouses, rowhouses, small-lot single family houses, stacked townhouses, and other visitable, "ground related" housing. (In "ground-related housing," each unit has direct access to the ground. Many families prefer such housing to housing accessed through common corridors, and such housing is usually more economical to build than mid- or high-rise elevator buildings of flats or lofts.)
The two key points of visitability are entry and interior door passage. Once inside the house, the ground level should also have a bathroom. However, the biggest challenge for most New Urbanist architecture is ensuring easy ground level access, especially to raised front porches and stoops.
Please tag your images with the word "accessible" to add them to our library of accessible townhouses. Thanks for your help!
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