Visitability – what is it?

Everyone benefits from visitability.

“Visitability” is a growing trend nationwide. The term refers to single-family or owner-occupied housing designed in such a way that it can be lived in or visited by people who have trouble with steps or who use wheelchairs or walkers.

A house is visitable when it meets these three basic requirements:

  • one zero-step entrance.
  • doors with 32 inches of clear passage space.
  • one bathroom on the main floor you can get into in a wheelchair.

“When someone builds a home, they’re not just building it for themselves — that home’s going to be around for 100 years,”¬†Concrete Change¬†founder Eleanor Smith told The New York Times. “These things hurt nobody — and they help a lot of other people.”

This site will provide some resources and background on visitability.