Aging-in-place design, also called barrier-free or universal design, means making updates to an interior to create a safe and accessible environment for everyone, including those that are aging, may be disabled or need the assistance of a walker or wheelchair.
When we think of this kind of design, the first things that come to mind are ramps, grab bars, or chair lifts – features that might seem extreme, out of the ordinary, or specific to older or disable individuals. However, this isn’t always the case. In fact, many universal design features are not unusual requests among homeowners. Wider doors and hallways, for example, are common remodeling requests that make a home feel more spacious and can also benefit those that need universal or barrier-free designs.