It was the greatest single loss of property in the history of Colorado. On Dec. 30, 2021 for six hours, flames swept across 6,000 acres in Louisville, Superior, and Boulder county. The fire destroyed 1,084 homes and left 1,100 more with significant damage. Many of these homes were built in the 1980s and 1990s and lacked fire-hardening designs.
Louie and Judy Delaware’s home the day after the Marshall Wildfire.
For 20 years, Louie and Judy Delaware raised their family in a quiet Louisville, Colo. neighborhood. When the fire alert sounded, they had 20 minutes to leave with nothing but a few items of clothing, medications, computers, and their three dogs.
When they returned, There was almost nothing left.
The design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.
Use of products and designs that improve and maintain human wellness.
Eliminate hazards and barriers.
Make the home safe from others who wish to do harm.
This is in the eye of the beholder as to what they desire for designs and products.
Designed to be practical, useful and easy to use.
How individuals interact with family, friends and the home, along with the use of smart technology in the home.
The Denver local Fox News affiliate was on hand to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Idea Home March 19, 2023, with interviews with Living In Place founder and president, Louie Delaware, and home designer, Barbara Barton. “Little did we know an opportunity like the Marshall Fire would open the door for being able to show everyone, builders, consumers, designers, contractors all the aspects that go from head to toe that make a home living in place,” Barton said.