Home for the Next 50 Years


The Home for the Next 50 Years, designed and owned by John Salmen, AIA president of Universal Designers & Consultants, Inc., is a showcase for how universal design can be applied to an existing home to make it more convenient, comfortable and safe, allowing its occupants to age-in-place. “We eased the way people move around within the house, made the kitchen and bathrooms accessible and chose hardware and appliances for their efficiency, durability and ease of use.”

For a more in depth look on the design and build process of this home, please check out Universal Design Tips: Lessons Learned From Two UD Homesby clicking here.

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.