So for today, we'll just shoot for a practical post.
I don't think of myself as old, but I'm getting there. Isn't everyone? (Please say yes). So, while we're still young enough to do the work, we've started thinking about ways to make our two-story house one where we can age in place. One of the head-scratchers was the railing in our hallway staircase. We have pie-shaped stairs at the top of the stairs, and the rail doesn't go all the way up, because of the setup of the area (there's a window on the side where a rail makes the most sense, so...there's no place to put a rail there). We've lived here many years, and it's never been a problem. It's not a problem now, but down the road it most definitely will be. We debated ways to put that rail around the window (moving the window? Ugh, expensive, difficult and it would mean raising the window, making it less useful). Finally, we settled on a long grab bar, the type often seen in bathrooms, but placed vertically at the top of the stairs. Within a few minutes of installing it, I'm already wondering how I lived without it all these years. (By the way, the weird green tape in the last image is from when we were discussing where a railing really should be. I took it down this morning).
Wish me luck!