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Webinar Replay - Visitability Design Starts at the Curb

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Many people are familiar with the terms “aging in place” or “universal design,” but “visitability” may be a newer concept. Essentially, visitability says that anyone — occupants as well as people coming to a home for any purpose — should be able to gain access to the home and move within it easily. While classic visitability focuses on the inside of the home, this webinar begins at the street. If someone cannot get to the front door easily, then getting inside doesn’t matter as much. Specifically, presenter Steve Hoffacker will discuss sidewalks, driveways, porches, entry doors, lighting and other safety issues.

As long as people are able-bodied, they can enter most homes. However, for people not fitting this description, most walkways, yards, driveways or planting areas offer challenges in even getting to the front door. That’s the whole point of visitability — creating a home that accommodates nearly everyone who might want to enter and move about within the home whether they live there, visit often, or are just a casual guest. The classic definition of visitability focuses on use of the home once inside, but it begins long before that — at the street. Builders, contractors, architects and designers need to create a flow that allows people and their guests to transition easily and unrestricted from the outside of the home to the inside. This webinar replay will focus on the key areas of concern in getting someone to the front door so they can gain entrance without issue.


Participants in this webinar replay will:

  • Discover that visitability is not limited to just the inside of the home
  • See that universal design is closely aligned with visitability
  • Appreciate that visitability applies to everyone who uses the property, including the occupants



  • Steve Hoffacker, CAPS, CEAC, SHSS, Steve Hoffacker LLC


NAHB Continuing Education: 1.0 hours of continuing education credits for the following 12 designations: CAPS, CGA, CGB, CGP, CGR, CMP, CSP, GMB, GMR, Master CGP, Master CSP, MIRM


Cancellation and Refund Policy: No refunds are issued for webinar replays upon purchase. However, NAHB regularly reviews these products and reserves the right to remove replays that are no longer current. If you are unable to view a replay during your 12-month access period, please contact Deborah Krat at