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What you should know about Universal Design and the idea of Aging-in-Place in your current home

August 10, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am


Come and join us for a workshop on Universal Design and the idea of Aging-in-Place presented by Lorraine Linkhauer and Melanie Verbaaschott. This course will offer information about how planned interior design choices can help to make a house a home for any variety of users or visitors.
This lecture is free and open to the public.

Universal design is a term for a new way of thinking about the interior of your home.  It is the idea of considering all users  that might be in the space, now and in the future, and what their functional and aesthetic needs might be.  It is not just for those who might want to age-in-place, but also for multi-user homes, and for home owners that are thinking about improving their homes resale value.  Universal design is innovative and timely for our current home interior needs. Aging-in-place embraces the idea of remaining in your home for retirement as opposed to moving on to a retirement village or care facility.

About the presenter: Lorraine Linkhauer and Melanie Verbaaschott are both a part of a select group of professionals nationwide that have earned their CAPS (Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist) designation from the NAHB, identifying them as professionals with a commitment to the skills and knowledge necessary to remodel or modify a home to meet the unique needs of the older population, disabled owners or their visitors.

Lorraine Linkhauer is the owner of Imagination Grid, LLC: a unique interior design firm and an adjunct professor at Chatham University and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Melanie Verbaarschott is a Project Developer from J.Francis Company.

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny at or 412-471-5808 ext. 527.


August 10, 2013
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 450

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-471-5808  |  Fax: 412-471-1633