Two sisters—a builder and an academic specializing in universal design—have built a gold standard for accessible housing.
- By: Claire Easley, BuilderOnline.com
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The industry would be hard pressed to find a duo better suited to the task of creating the poster child for universally designed homes than the Tauke sisters. Susanne Tauke, owner of Hawthorn Woods, Ill.–based New American Homes, has been a home builder for 30 years. Her sister, Beth, is a professor of architecture at SUNY Buffalo and works with the university’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA Center), a premier research center on universal design in the built environment.
So when they got the opportunity to team up on a universal design project house, they jumped at the chance. Their resulting brain child, the LIFEhouse—a 1,992-square-foot, ranch-style home near Antioch, Ill., that recently won the National Association of Home Builders’ Best of 50+ Housing Award—is a trifecta of beauty, brains, and accessibility.Read more