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Our mission is to create optimal home environments for senior citizens, disabled veterans, and others who may be physically challenged or disabled. We accomplish this with designs that are fully adaptable to a family's changing needs and physical requirements.

Since 1987, Workman Builders, Inc. has been widely recognized for designing, developing and building distinctive high-quality residences throughout the west and south-western suburbs of Chicago. Workman Builders also recognizes an additional responsibility: to focus its knowledge, experience and professional skills on the more vulnerable members of our communities - seniors, disabled veterans, and others with special physical needs.

Workman Builders meets this responsibility by integrating new universal building designs and techniques. The result is a highly focused, custom home building, remodeling and design company where any project you desire can be governed by the seven principles of Universal Design:

  1. Equitable Use: The design is useful and marketable to any group of users, including those at risk, elderly or disabled.
  2. Flexibility in Use: The design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.
  3. Simple and Intuitive Use: Use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user's experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level.
  4. Perceptible Information: The design communicates necessary information effectively to user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user's sensory abilities.
  5. Tolerance for Error: The design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions.
  6. Low Physical Effort: The design can be used efficiently, comfortably and with a minimum of fatigue.
  7. Size and Space for Approach and Use: Appropriate size and space is provided for approach, reach, manipulation, and use regardless of the user's body size, posture or mobility.

Universal Design:

  • The design of products and environments to be useable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without adaptation or specialized design.
  • A user-friendly approach to design in the living environment where people of any culture, age, size, weight, race, gender and ability can experience an environment that promotes their health, safety and welfare today and in the future.

Planning for your Future

The average American home is over thirty five years old and often its design presents challenges for even the most able-bodied individuals. So whether you plan on remodeling and modifying your existing residence, or building a new home, consider the principles of Universal Design. Universal Design, implemented today, will benefit and endure beyond your lifetime to those you care about in generations to come. Universal Design is a living legacy evoked by the desire for positive change.

We can make this a way of life for everyone. We can enhance life in the future by how we embrace life today. There is no reason to wait. When it comes to our most important and most valuable investment, our home, there should be no short-changing. Universal Design, when properly planned and implemented, will bring more substance and value to one's life over any other lifestyle change.


Statistics from the Administration on Aging, clearly show that the percentage of people over age 65 will continue to grow at a significantly faster rate than any other segment of the population. As Baby Boomers age, the 65 and over population is projected to increase from 40 million today to 55 million in 2020 (a 36% increase for this decade). In addition, the 85 and over population is projected to increase from 5.8 million to 6.6 million in 2020 (a 15% increase for this decade). By 2030, there will be about 72.1 million older persons, almost twice their number in 2008.

The primary interest of seniors is to continue to live independently in the community and preferably in their own homes. According to AARP, over 85% of seniors, age 65 and over, desire to stay in their own homes for the rest of their lives. Yet as adults age, become ill, or suffer loss of mobility, they face new challenges within their living environments. Don't wait until medical issues force you to leave a comfortable home because it has become unsafe or difficult to navigate.

Disabled Veterans

There are more than 2.9 million Americans struggling with lifelong disabilities that resulted from their military service. As a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the number of disabled veterans under age 55 increased to over 1.1 million in the past decade. These younger men and women now make up more than one third of all living disabled veterans and will need accessible housing for many years to come.

We know these brave young men and women will continue to fight their "wars" as they continue to struggle with disabilities for the rest of their lives. We can make a difference by introducing fully accessible homes to the marketplace, whether these homes are remodeled existing residences or new construction. There are very few, if any, fully accessible universal design homes in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Safety Assessments

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has found that home safety hazards are one of the most significant health risks for seniors. Most general contractors do not possess the knowledge or skill to address the issues faced by seniors or disabled adults. We do.

Prior to any renovation, remodeling or other modifications, our experts will thoroughly inspect the interior and exterior of your home for:
  • Structural hazards
  • Environmental risks
  • General safety
  • Fall hazards
The safety inspectors at Workman Builders are professionally trained and will prepare and provide a comprehensive report including recommendations for the design of your project.

Workman Builders is here to address any and all of these needs within our communities. So whether your current needs are as minor as the installation of bathroom safety grab bars, lever style door handles, or as major as a remodeling or new construction project - we can help. Contact us today.

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