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Put Safety First: 14 Universal Design Tips

"Old age is like everything else," said Fred Astaire. "To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young." The same principle applies to home design: Plan for all stages of life when remodeling or building, even if you are in perfect health now. You never know what life may throw your way, be it be a minor mishap (breaking your leg) or something more serious (being confined to a wheelchair).

To help you get you prep your home for people of all abilities, we've compiled tips from designers Drue Lawlor of Education Works and Michael Thomas of Design Collective Group, authors of the forthcoming Residential Design for Aging in Place; designer Donna Ralston-Latham of DRL*Total Environments; and Stephanie Pierce, senior product designer for Diamond Cabinets. These should get you started thinking of the years ahead of you in the house in which you live.
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