Houzz contributor Sam Ferris takes a look at 10 different ways to prolong the life of a kitchen for aging homeowners who plan to age in place. 

Simple installations, such as a pull-out pantry that places all food items in plain sight, and moving the microwave to a space at or below counter height, are a good start to the process. A couple of things to avoid: sharp corners, deep sinks, and tight spaces. 

Designing an age-proof kitchen isn’t the time to get fancy with decorative legs, ornate refrigerator panels or angled counters. Though these eye-catchers add personality, they can transform your space into an obstacle course. You’re more prone to bump your knees, legs and hips on appliances and cabinetry details that jut out from the counter.

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