In The Accessible Home: Designing for All Ages & Abilities (Taunton Press, 2012), architect and universal design expert Deborah Pierce helps homeowners transform their existing house into a home that works for all, whether an aging parent or a friend in a wheelchair.

Topics include accessible features that work within the existing footprint of a home, reducing bending/reaching in a kitchen, and color contrast for safety.

The book features 40 new-construction and remodeling projects that show readers how to transform an existing home into one that serves its owners at all stages of their life and mobility. The book is a helpful tool for baby boomers seeking ideas about how to adapt their home for aging in place. The projects in the book show that universal design can not only be functional but beautiful as well.  —Nina Patel, senior editor, REMODELING.

More REMODELING articles about universal design:

Design for All: Universal Design at the 2012 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

7 Tenets of Universal Design: Your “to do” list when remodeling for a lifetime 

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