Visitability is a national movement to build homes with three primary accessible design features. They are:
- One zero step entrance on an accessible path of travel from the street, sidewalk or driveway
- Doorways that provide 32 inches clear space throughout the home's main floor and hallways that provide 36 inches of clear width
- Basic access to a half or (preferably) full bath on the main floor
Visitable homes offer features that benefit our community, whether it be new parents, older adults who wish to remain in their home, people with mobility needs, emergency services, and many others. These three primary requirements are often paired with many other simple, low-cost features to maximize usability of a home.
It is our hope that new homes built in Montana incorporate features of Visitability so that our communities become stronger, more inviting and homeowner-friendly places!
This website shows images of many homes that have already incorporated these features. As more communities start to incorporate Visitability into their home designs, information about those efforts will appear as well.
Additional features can make a home more welcoming as well.
These features can include, but are not restricted to:
- Placing backing inside walls of restrooms to allow installation of grab bars
- Placing electrical outlets no lower than 15" above finished floor
- Placing thermostats, light switches and other house controls no higher than 48" above the floor
- Including lever-handled doors for ease of use
- Including pocket or sliding doors to maximize open floor space