Rosemarie Rosetti and Mark Leder
After Rosemarie Rossetti became paralyzed in 1998, she encountered significant barriers in navigating the old two-story home she shared with her husband Mark Leder. These struggles sparked a 10-year effort in persuading sponsors to partner with the couple to build a home that would become a living laboratory for the concepts of universal design.
They’ve spent two years living in this innovative dwelling and in November the general public is invited to view the home. Using the home to educate the public on universal design is very important to Rossetti. “The term universal design means nothing to them but when they leave here after about two hours they are absolutely rapid fans,” she says. “They’re seeing the need for a good house to stay in for the rest of their lives.”
During the tour, visitors are able to see the subtlety of universal design such as lowered mirrors, raised dishwasher and variable counter heights. The highlight of the house is the combination master bedroom closet and laundry room. “That room gets the most comments of any because it makes sense to have your washer and dryer, ironing and handwashing in the same room that you store your clothes,” she says.