Building Trends

Wider hallways and stairs, lower electrical outlets and a floor plan that allows for the later addition of an elevator–these sound like great features for any home, which could be helpful to children, older residents or people with disabilities. They’re part of the vision for Universal Design, and nonprofit SAFERhome is helping bring this environment of adaptable, accessible housing to B.C.: with structural and design standards, home-planning and inspection assistance and certification programs for the construction industry. Everton Ridge, an award-winning custom builder in Vernon, is just one of the builders adopting SAFERhome standards in its upcoming projects.

Buy here: Vernon average detached home value (2018): $447,000 (up 8%)