"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.