for Designing mobility
Thea Mcmillan, design director at Chambers Mcmillan Architects, has the lowdown
1 sightlines are Vital It's important to be able to see where everyone is, and what they are doing – we used steel frames to minimise structural elements.
2 flooring needs careful planning Floors and thresholds must be absolutely flush, to make it as easy as possible to move around.
3 every space should be connected This is important for encouraging developing independent movement and use of a walker.
4 the garden should be accessible This has both visual and physical benefits as it allows developing independence.
5 the House Has to work for everyone Consult the family to ensure the space is designed for everyone, not just the disabled member.