If I was designing my idea of the perfect place for me, I think I’d aim for very accessible but not overly controlled by technology such as Alexa.
First of all it would be a bungalow, and entirely step free. Have you ever noticed how many bungalows have a step at the front door, and or into the back garden? It seems crazy to me.
The main bathroom would have a bath, loo, and sink but be big enough for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre. The taps would be Lever taps and the sink would have space, rather than a storage area underneath so you can get close enough to it.
The main bedroom would have a profile bed, and easy access wardrobe with pull-down rails. There would be an ensuite wetroom all wheelchair user friendly with folding shower seat, plenty of grab rails, loo and height adjustable sink with lever taps.
The kitchen work surfaces would be height adjustable, and cupboards would be height adjustable with pull down shelving. There would be pull out surfaces to provide extra space when needed for ease of reach. Definitely a dishwasher, and ideally an American fridge/freezer for ease of access.
The dining room would have enough space to get around and accommodate a table big enough for 8, though that would be when it was extended for entertaining. The table would have space underneath to get right up to it as a wheelchair user.
I’d like two other bedrooms for visitors, or for one for a PA if/when needed. I’d obviously want to be able to get around the rooms as they’d be part of my home.
The front room would have space to manouvre in a wheelchair, and to have a second wheelchair user as well – I plan on having friends over!! There would be a firm but comfortable sofa, and also two rise and recline chairs for visitors to use. Also I would have a wood burner for the winter, and as a backup form of heating if there was a power cut.
Hallway lights would be movement activated, so I’d not have to keep switching them on and off. The doors would be operated and locks activated via a remote fob as I approached them, with a keycode entry probably for certain people authorised to use it.
Gardening (container gardening mostly) is something I’m really starting to enjoy and want to do more of, this is difficult in the winter, so I’d love a conservatory that I could sit in and enjoy looking at the garden all year round, and could start off seeds in when it was too cold for me to sit in the garden, and have some delightfully scented and pretty indoor plants in there all the time to bring the garden inside.
Windows would all be easy reach, or open/shut, and lockable by a remote control.
Definitely want and craft room/study, for all my hobbies. Who knew crafting could take up so much space!! This would have lots of kallax style shelfing, and height adjustable desks/work space.
Disability equipment such as wheelchairs need a storage space for when not in use, and for charging. This would be incorporated into a utility room along with any other medical supplies, and the washing machine and drier.
Outdoor space would include room for 2 cars to park, a small front garden area. Then a decent sized back garden that is completely enclosed, to be dog friendly. Some green space where I could grown some hydrangeas, and roses – my favourite plants. Ooh and some fruit trees, even if only those small patio ones. How wonderful would it be to be able to pop outside and pick some fruit to snack on. I already grow strawberries so they’d be a great addition to give variety.
No doubt I have forgotten some things, so if you have ideas please do leave a comment with your ideas or recommendations.