Accessibility is a very important thing, especially when it comes to designing homes. The goal should be to create properties that suit the needs of all inhabitants, both now and in the future. You may have to cater for things like mobility problems, poor hearing and eyesight, or even dementia. Luckily you can create the perfect design. We can help, offering the kind of support you can expect from an architect London clients rate very highly.
One of the most important things to do is make it so it is easier to move around the home. There are several things you can do here. For example, you can make hallways and corridors wider so they can easily accommodate a wheelchair. It is also a good idea to remove mouldings around doors so that wheelchairs won’t catch. Doors should be in positions that make movement easier, preferably directly across from each other. They should also have lever handles that are easier to use.
The design should also make it easy for everyone to come and go from the property. The main goal here should be to ensure there are no steps or steep slopes. Instead, ensure the gradient is gentle and that there are handrails where necessary. It is also vital to choose a suitable surface material to avoid it becoming too slippery when it is wet or icy. The doorway should also be a good size so a wheelchair can easily fit through.
It is wonderful if you can design the layout to ensure that people with different needs can use all the facilities just as well as those without impairment. Even simple things like ensuring shelves are easy to reach will make a big difference.
The kitchen is one of the most important places to ensure you have an accessible layout. What you should choose here is a plan where different areas are dedicated to specific tasks. You also need to think about how accessible sinks, appliances and cupboards are, especially to people in a wheelchair.
Bathrooms also need to be accessible to everyone. The best option here is a wetroom where the drainage is directly in the floor, ensuring no need to step in and out of a bath or shower enclosure. In addition, you must think about handrails and seating.
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If you need help to create an accessible home, Coffey Architects can help. We have a lot of experience here and our Moors Nook project is up for a RIBA award. You can find out more about it on our website.
So, why not discuss your ideas with an architect London clients love working with? Whether you are in the capital or elsewhere in the world, we would be happy to help.