Kitchens are high-traffic areas, so take care when choosing your flooring. Opt for comfortable, slip-resistant floors, such as cork or linoleum, to make sure people of all ability levels can move through your kitchen with ease.
Natural light is always the best, so make sure your kitchen has at least one large window to welcome sunlight and views of the outside. Install task lighting above certain areas, such as the island and cooktop, to ensure safety for the cook.
Keep cleaning supplies and other hazardous materials out of reach of children by containing them behind closed cabinet doors fitted with safety locks. Consider moving the supplies up to a higher cabinet as your children age to ensure they're still out of reach.
Storage-laden islands are excellent additions to any kitchen. Make sure your island has between 42 and 48 inches on each side so that people in wheelchairs or other mobility devices can move easily throughout the work space.
Carve out space in your island for the microwave to ensure people of all ages and abilities have easy access. Placing the microwave in the island also frees up counter spaces that's often taken up by the appliance.
Include recessed areas beneath the stove top and sink to allow people who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices to nudge right up to the work zones. The recessed areas can be outfitted with shallow cabinets so that you lose little storage space.