Universal Design: Home Design Ideas for Aging in Place
Find ideas for making your home more accessible and comfortable now and for years to come.
Over the years, homeowners, architects, and builders have put more thought into how to design and build houses that will remain comfortable and accessible as people’s physical abilities change. The primary emphasis has been to help people to remain in their homes through retirement, but the design principles can also apply to homes of people with physical disabilities and even to homes of physically fit people who just want a house that is more efficient to live in and easier to take care of.
Some of the design concepts may be obvious to you, such as single-floor living, wide doors and hallways, and large handles and switches on doors and appliances. But there are many nuanced ideas, such as using contrasting colors to call out transitions between surfaces, and installing modular cabinet systems that are easily modified to meet changing needs.
At Fine Homebuilding, we’ve been showcasing homes with accessible designs—and focusing on the useful lessons they teach—for years; now you can find all of those homes in this collection of articles from our archives.