Designing Homes that Make Life Easier

This class is a combination course and tour of the nationally-acclaimed Universal Design Living Laboratory ( which is a spectacular Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Prairie Style 3,500 square foot home unlike any you've seen.

Clever design features and meticulous detailing make this home accessible, convenient, functional, peaceful and safe for everyone during every stage of life - regardless of age, size or physical ability.

These are elements every REALTOR® should know when assisting their clients.

A high-performance custom home, it showcases forward thinking features, such as universal design, green and healthy construction, and feng shui principles. Students will learn about these benefits during the tour and presentation.

This national demonstration home and gardens is the personal residence of the presenters and general contractors/builders, Mark Leder and Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. (our 2015 Columbus REALTORS® Instructor of the Year!).

Rosemarie uses a wheelchair for mobility and will share her experiences and demonstrate the features in her home that provide her total access and independence.

Her husband, Mark Leder, stands 6'4" tall and will demonstrate how many of the elements in the home design cater to his needs.

Multiple needs, abilities and access considerations were all apart of the design process when this home was on the drawing board. They will both review what works, what sells and where the challenges are.

When you consult with your buyers regarding their needs when selecting the ideal existing home or new home floor plan, conversations need to include a discussion about the importance of universal design and how homes that include these features will better serve the homeowners in the present as well as in the future.

Learning outcomes:    

  • Identify smart design solutions that provide independence for home buyers with multiple needs and abilities
  • Define the following terms: universal design, accessible design, adaptable design, aging in place, barrier-free design and visit ability
  • Recall all seven principles of universal design
  • Pinpoint design solutions that positively affect daily living and gain real life understanding of true universal design, accessible design, barrier-free design, adaptable design, again in place and visit ability
  • Provide direction for future clients in purchasing an existing home or building a new home based upon universal design features and products
  • Recognize 20 essential universal design components that provide for accessibility, independence, convenience, safety and comfort in the design of the kitchen, bathrooms, wardrobe and home entrances
  • Communicate the concept of universal design to their clients
  • Suggest to clients to incorporate universal design features into a residential housing construction project that can prevent costly renovation later
  • Talk confidently to their clients about how health goes beyond environmental quality when building or remodeling a home
  • Articulate that green building and accessibility go hand in hand for the welfare of all


  • $50 for members, if paid by Nov. 9; $65 after Nov. 9;
  • $60 for non-members, if paid by Nov. 9; $75 after Nov. 9

Limited to the first 22 paid participants per class.

(3 CE credit hours)

Special Accommodations
If you have disabilities that require special accommodations, including the need for auxiliary aids and services, please indicate requirements in the ‘Special Requests’ box at the time of registration.

Cancellation Policy
Unless otherwise noted above, tuition/registration fee will be refunded if cancellation is received at least 24 hours prior to the day of class. Weather Cancellation Policy


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Wednesday, November 14, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
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Universal Design Living Laboratory
6141 Clark State Rd., Columbus, OH 43230

Registration Status: Registration Closed

Additional Information

  • Seats Available: 9
  • Cost: $65.00