Universal Design

1209BartusCt_1921Universal Design allows you to maintain your independent living style, in your own home.

If you’re unenthusiastic about downsizing and relocating, you should learn how we use principles of Universal Design to help you remain where you are most comfortable, and where living is the most affordable.

In collaboration with the AARP, the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) has developed a specialized training program that trains contractors and remodelers in designing and creating home features specifically intended to help our aging homeowners. Those who complete this coursework are awarded the CAPS designation, which stands for Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist.

The Universal Design concept, is to simplify life for everyone, by making products and environments more usable by as many people as possible at every age level. We are enthusiastic about helping seniors and others redesign their homes for their future needs.

If you are wheel-chair bound or challenged by an injury, trauma or circumstance, or if you want friends, family or loved ones who are similarly challenged to be comfortable and welcome in your home, Universal Design can help with making you more comfortable.

We can provide many concepts such as no-threshold entrances, lever handles instead of doorknobs, and extra-wide doorways for walkers or wheelchairs. You can see examples of these in photographs on this page.

“These and other features are lacking in older homes, and that leads people with decreased mobility due to age or injury to become frustrated and think they have to move.

“Many people I’ve met they really wish they could stay right where their life is and their roots are. As a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist and a believer in Universal Design, we can help homeowners avoid the upheaval of moving by making specific modifications sometimes even a small change can make a world of difference!”

Among other minor adjustments we recommend are using pad type light switches or motion sensor lights as opposed to the traditional toggle switch, which can be difficult to operate or reach, or even can be hard to find for those with low vision. Certain types of hinges give as much as two more inches of opening in a doorway, without needing a new frame. And creating a first floor master suite can remove the problem of stairs.

Although the concept might seem overwhelming at first, we can show you how truly easy the process can be, and how working with a certified, qualified, experienced company can help avoid stress and problems. Our design process lets you walk through your new doors, look out your new windows, see options appear, change and shift, until you are satisfied that this remodeling project will truly deliver what want.

Thanks to the principles of Universal Design, you now have the option of aging in a familiar, setting.


Donald F. Lynch, Jr., President of Lynch Construction, Inc., holds the Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation.

The Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation identifies Donald F. Lynch, Jr. as an expert in modifying existing homes to meet the unique needs of senior citizens. To become a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist, a remodeler must meet criteria set forth by NAHB Remodelers, a council of the National Association of Home Builders.

77 million people will reach retirement age in the initial decades of the 21st Century. Aging-In-Place is a specialized remodeling field that allows people to stay in their own homes as they grow older, rather than having to relocate. To help people maintain active lives within a framework of changing physical ability, a CAPS remodeler can make modifications such as adjusting the height of sinks and appliances, replacing standard door knobs with easy-to-operate levers, and many others.

NAHB Remodelers created the CAPS program in collaboration with the NAHB Research Center, 50+ Housing Council, and AARP. Getting the CAPS designation requires taking industry-specific education courses such as Working with Older Adults, Special Needs Home Modifications, Technology for the Aging, and more. CAPS program graduates must maintain their designation through continuing education and service projects.

To help a member of your household stay active and able at home, choose Lynch Construction.

For more information, visit NAHB: Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS).


Lynch Construction, Inc., Construction & Remodeling Services, Churchville, MD
Phone: (410) 879-5510
Fax: (410) 734-9272

20 Carico Lane
Churchville, Maryland 21028

1113 Providence Road
Towson, Maryland 21286

MHIC 4038
MBR 3269