Purchase Search and Architectural Adaptation for Disability Use

An architectural project as a result of a purchase search undertaken by PLG.

A large amount of the initial feasibility work was completed prior to the purchase being completed. This helped to project the clients’ interests from the outset and ensured the right property was bought.

Falmouth being a hilly coastal town doesn’t lend itself to nice flat level plots that are suitable for wheelchair users and their families. 

The location however was key to this in order to maintain support networks and continuity of schooling. The home purchased, whilst not on a level plot offered potential for the family with the funds available from the litigation process and occupied an extremely convenient position within the town.

the solution

The issues with the plot however were the focus of the project from the outset – as was creating the necessary internal space. The property needed both side and rear extensions in tight boundary proximities to make it suitable and then the external factors also attacked. Creative design solutions that took in to account the clinical input as well as practical family use were key to providing a scheme that was fit for purpose. 

The size of the extension was proportionally large and pushed the envelope from a planning perspective. Early stage communication and discussion with the relevant parties meant the substantial increase in a built up area was granted without any need for revision. This allowed for a two story side extension that provided a new therapy room on the ground floor with lift access to a new master bedroom and ensuite designed to the client’s needs on the first floor.

To the rear, a large one storey extension provided an increase in the family space with the addition of a large sun/dining area which is open plan with the lounge. X-Y hoist systems flow room to room in the areas needed on both the ground and first floor. The design of the space means that every part of the property is accessible and can be used by the entire family. 

Externally a second lift was included which allowed transfer from level to level and opened up the garden which previously had been completely inaccessible to a wheelchair user. Extensive additional groundworks were required to bring this space together and a large low slip decking allows a safe area for the client and her sibling to play.

By being involved in all stages of this project has meant continuity from the outset and joined up thinking to provide an architectural project bespoke to the individual inside of 18 months from the search beginning. 

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