Just reading your excellent article about aging in place and wanted to highlight our superb experience with Michael Nash Custom Kitchens and Homes. They actually specialize in whole home design and are the best contractor we’ve dealt with in 30 years of living in this area. We’re both in our early 60s, love our 1970s McLean colonial but it was getting dated, too small to accommodate our brood of sons, daughters in law and their parents, and 4 grand-children. We also wanted a design that will accommodate our future needs as we age. We turned to Michael Nash–a company that redid our kitchen a decade ago. Sonny and Shawn Nazemian did an incredible job re-designing, modernizing, expanding, and upgrading our humble abode. The house is now brand new: from roof and siding, to a beautifully finished basement. Everything is super low maintenance and easily accessible. The step in tubs are gone, replaced w/modern, spacious step in (and, should it ever be necessary, roll in) spa-like showers. Need to sit down? There’s a tile bench for that. Arthritis seems to dissipate as the 7 different shower heads–with their variable settings and clearly marked temperature settings–engulf the body in healing sprays. All doors are wider, counters are proper high and the entire bedroom-bath-closet combination is a single, open, flowing space. The completely redesigned main level was made into an open, flowing space, where everything is visible from any vantage point and within easy reach. Unnecessary walls and narrow openings typical of the 70s design all came down. Dream kitchen with double counters was expanded and opened up. Creative placement of appliances and cabinetry makes entertaining a joy. Room for everything and everybody, easy to clean and so attractive! The new screened porch and Trex deck (no maintenance!) overlooking a landscaped garden w/fountain has become our favorite oasis. A steep hill which made mowing always a major work out–and progressively harder with age–was completely re graded and landscaped for easy access and low maintenance. The new basement w/a bar, hobby ares, in-home exercise area and another walk in/roll in shower and comfort toilet are favorite gathering place, opening via new french doors to a new stone patio and landscaped garden. Here too, everything is within easy reach and designed for both beauty and comfort. Thanks to Michael Nash we have a new house in our old neighborhood–a house which we’ll let us stay in place for years to come. Dealing with Michael Nash is a sheer joy. No nickling and diming, everything is top of the line, craftsmanship is unrivaled, and they stand behind their products and workmanship. Help is just a phone call away–and a lifetime guarantee on EVERYTHING is another bonus as one ages. We’d recommend Michael Nash and their awesome professional, pet-friendly crews to anyone. Top notch company and superb service.