The Montgomery County Department of Permitting Service has launched their new Design for Life program, intended to encourage county residents to build accessibility features into their homes. The program offers two levels of tax credit incentives – Visitability (Level I), and Livability (Level II).
A home qualifying for the Visitability credit must contain four key features:
At least one no-step entrance
An accessible route from the no-step entry to a place to visit
32-inch wide interior doors
An accessible Powder Room
The Livability qualifications include everything in Level I, and four additional features:
A path from one room to the next that can accommodate a wheelchair or mobility aid
A Kitchen meeting county code for wheelchair/mobility aid accessibility
At least one accessible Bedroom
An accessibility-enhanced full bathroom, including a walk-in/roll-in shower or tub
These Design For Life features can be added to the main level of most of our models, depending on site conditions. Even if you’re not building in Montgomery County, it may be worth considering incorporating these features into your new home. Accessibility features can be a great benefit as we age, for visitors with mobility impairments, as well as future resale value.
Earlier this year, Classic Homes delivered our first Design For Life home, qualifying for the Livability standard. With the no-step entrance tucked away in the garage, no one would ever guess this gorgeous ranch model was designed for accessibility.
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