I started out planning on a nice modern, simple house. The plot is at the end of a 1970s terrace and I wanted it to fit in to the neighbours’ houses on the outside and be a gem inside. I had fallen in love with blogs and magazines full of beautiful and inspirational interiors. My Pinterest was filling up fast.
Then I found out it wasn’t about what I wanted but about what my mum needed. My mum isn’t wheelchair bound and doesn’t fit in the category of disabled living. She doesn’t need a lot of specialist equipment. But she does find she has restricted movement: she finds stairs impossible some days and when her arthritis flares up, even flushing the loo with a push button is painful. Together we visited showrooms that had a daunting array of mobility living aids, so many of them ugly and clinical. Every time, we came out of there depressed and despondent. This just didn’t match the image of elegant, independent living that my mum and I had planned for her.
After many sleepless nights I began to think that there might be a middle way, where thoughtful planning of room layouts, considered selection of building materials, well designed fixtures and fittings – along with a healthy dose of imaginative thinking – would allow her to remain comfortably independent in a house she could be proud of.
Why do ‘old people’s homes’ have to look institutional ? Mobility impairment at any age shouldn’t mean that your home suddenly becomes a place where good design or even homeliness is thrown out of the window. I’m passionate that beautiful and clever design in our homes should be used to answer reduced mobility needs at any age.
I hope my blog can be of help not only to family, carers and elderly as well as parents looking for inspiration when they find that they need to make their home more suitable to their needs. Whether you are downsizing, building a granny flat or about to embark on a major home improvement, future proofing can help you when choosing a new bathroom tap or which oven to buy. The world is catching on to this, there are so many clever design ideas and new products out there and I’m making it my mission to bring them to you in my blog.
Join me on a search for beautiful, thoughtful interior design that addresses reduced mobility issues, spans ages and is stylish, to build a home that you love and that’s fit for you and your family.