Site/Building Selection

  • If it is a site for a new home without limits, HDC requires a general lay of the land.
  • If it is for an existing home to be modified, there are many more things to consider. The most important first step is in selecting a entrance to the home that is accessible to parking, sidewalks and exterior space.

Site and Community Selection

Review of plans and collaboration regarding long term and short term goals for an existing residence are the next move. The primary goal of Homes Without Limits is to create environments for people to thrive in all of their lives.

  • Architectural and interior design
  • Construction drawing, estimating and budgeting
  • Finish selection and collaboration
  • Energy consumption analysis

Exterior Design – Landscape Architecture – Hardscapes

  • Patios
  • Walkways
  • Exterior lighting
  • Water features
  • Energy consumption analysis


Energy management, including:

  • Remote temperature controls
  • Security
  • Lighting
  • Remote locking and unlocking of exterior doors


  • Renovation of an existing building or residence created to be without limits
  • New construction customized to be without limits

“Homes Without Limits is on to something—big! As we’ve already learned from the current disability population (21% of the general population are disabled), people want to live in homes that are functional. But they also want great looking design. Add to that group 77 million baby boomers now entering their senior years and not planning, or wanting, to go into nursing homes. There is a growing need for attractive, functional homes and communities so boomers can remain in their own homes and neighborhoods. They want to age in place, enjoy family and friends and their active lifestyles. Also, many adult children are assisting aging parents, who don’t want to be institutionalized. It is not uncommon that they come to live with adult children. They just need help with meals, getting to and from places, stepless entries, decreased risk of falling and the company of family and friends. These adult children will be better able to assist their parents if their own home is universal. We can’t change the demographics. The market is here and growing. We need to address this new need for lovely, functional homes that anyone can live in. Universal Design allows us to do so in creative, handsome ways.”

Colleen Kelly Starkloff, Co-Director
Starkloff Disability Institute