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UD Principles This Project Typifies

Principle 1: Equitable Use

The adjustable sink and work surfaces at various heights allow people of different heights, seated or standing, to use the kitchen.

Principle 2: Flexibility in Use

The knee space at the cooktop may be used as either storage or as knee space and is concealed or revealed as needed with bi-fold doors. Appliances may be approached from either side or head on, making it possible for users with either a dominant right or left side to use all fixtures and appliances.

Principle 3: Simple and Intuitive Use

Push buttons/touch controls are easy for all users to activate. Indicator lights on the cooktop guide the user in appliance function.

Principle 4: Perceptible Information

Countertops have edge strip that contrasts visually and tactilely. The flooring presents a pattern of definition for clear orientation. The appliances incorporate visual, audible, and sometimes tactile feedback. Task lighting and appliance lighting maximizes "legibility" of essential information.

Principle 5: Tolerance for Error

Scald control faucets and tabletop microwave oven prevent serious injury.

Principle 6: Low Physical Effort

Most features, but especially pull-out accessories with loop handles, lever hardware and touch controls, and low shelves require minimal effort by the user.

Principle 7: Size and Space for Approach and Use

General circulation space, knee spaces, and parking spaces at kitchen features allow use by most people. Storage is planned with a concentration in the most usable range of 18 inches to 48 inches above the floor.

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