The LIFEhouse™ by New American Homes is an national-award-winning universally designed home. Just 1,992 square feet, plus a full finished lower level, this home has an open and modern floor plan. Extra-wide doorways and hallways – plus an elevator to the basement, garage and lower level – provide easy circulation. Specially designed kitchen and bathrooms make it particularly convenient for anyone with compromised mobility.

Lever door handles, stair handrails with built-in lighting, low-pile carpet, hardwood flooring, no-slip porcelain tile, accessible light switches and outlets and no-step entrances are all design features that safely accommodate residents of many ages, heights and physical abilities.

We are grateful to our many sponsors, especially Kohler and KitchenAid, whose products contributed so much to the home. Other sponsors include Silestone, Pella Windows, Sea Gull Lighting, Leviton, MidContinent Cabinets, Carrier, Certainteed, M&S Tile and Stone, Home Technology Systems and PerfikDek.

The house was a collaboration between New American Homes and the architectural school of the State Unviersity of New York at Buffalo.

It won the 2012 Best of 50-Plus Living Award from the National Association of Home Builders.

Universal design is a major new trend in home building. It makes sense to design homes that last a lifetime, that are safe and livable for the whole span of the residents’ lives.

Price: $465,000