November 14, 2012
Matthew Cavanaugh for The Boston Globe
Home owners Kristin Miller and Joseph Lynch recently renovated their vacation home in the Berkshires to accommodate any disabilities they may have when they age.
Homeowners Miller and Lynch are early adopters of "universal design," which holds that spaces should be usable by all, regardless of their ability.
"When we're old," said Miller, "we won't have to move."
The couple's farsighted approach to design shows an evolved way of thinking about housing.
Wider spaces between counters and rounded corner cabinets help aid wheelchair maneuverability.
The renovations included open space under the counter for a wheelchair-seated cook.
The bathroom is more spacious so a wheechair-bound person could function more easily.
A recent AARP study found that 84 percent of baby boomers want to remain in their home when they retire.