Universal Design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability.
While working with an architect may seem like an extravagant expense, it is this “planning ahead” that save loads of heart-ache during construction, and sometimes even some dough. The planning ahead process happens in the first phases of a project: the measuring and exploring of any existing conditions; the development of a design or multiple designs schematically; then budget pricing and design development and finally the construction documents show and tell how to build it all.
During construction decisions are made by you and the Contractor and it is helpful to have a brief review of the design intent with the architect to maintain the quality of the design in the execution. After all, you the homeowner, have put as much thought and effort into the design as I have. I am happy to meet during construction, in fact watching a building go up is what brings me great joy.