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Aging-in-Place Checklist

This Aging-In-Place Design Checklist, provided by the National Association of Homes Builders, is not only a great reference for us - contractors, design build firms - but also for anyone considering renovations / remodels aimed at aging in place. While this list is extensive, these are items to consider, no matter your age!


  • Low-maintenance exterior (vinyl, brick)

  • Low-maintenance shrubs and plants

  • Deck, patio or balcony surfaces are no more than ½ inch below interior floor level if made of wood

Overall Floor Plan

  • Main living on a single story, including full bath

  • No steps between rooms/areas on the same level

  • 5-foot by 5-foot clear/turn space in living area, kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom


  • At least one no-step entry with a cover

  • Sensor light at exterior no-step entry focusing on the front-door lock

  • Non-slip flooring in foyer

  • Entry door sidelight or high/low peep hole viewer; Both providing privacy and safety

Interior Doors

  • There needs to be 32 inches of clear width, which requires a 36-inch door

  • Levered door hardware


  • Lowered windows or taller windows with lower sill height

  • Low maintenance exterior and interior finishes

  • Easy to operate hardware

Garage or Carport