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Posted By: djhI think the aim of making sure that newly-built houses are more usable by everybody and easier to adapt for specific users such as bedridden people and wheelchair users is very sensible, since it can be done at relatively low cost when building compared to later (e.g. walls in WCs that are strong enough to fit handrails).
Posted By: borpinI have to say that I find this all a bit like making every car suitable for use by diabled people and actually adds a significant amount to building. For instance in Scotland *every* house must have an accessible shower on the ground floor. That is a significant chunk of floor space especially as most of the bedrooms are on the GF but making one of the En-suites accessible was not good enough! Wider doors I can live with but a shower makes me mad.
Posted By: Simon StillAm I right in thinking there are two things in play here? The 'lifetime homes' requirement and the lifetime homes as part of CfSH.Lifetime homes needs a level entrance, room that 'could' have a bed in it and a future shower. To get the points for CfSH my initial reading seemed to suggest you needed space for a future lift as well.
Posted By: pmusgrovedjh - why does your shower need a second door out to the hall? Does your postman come in for a quick washdown during his rounds?
Posted By: pmusgroveAh so.. if the house isn't built yet (or past the planning stage) perhaps it would be better to call the downstairs bedroom a study. Then you could get rid of a door
Posted By: pmusgrovesave on Council Tax as one of the first things that gets counted in on the valuation is the number of bedrooms.
Posted By: pmusgroveWe seem to be transfixed by bedroom numbers in the UK whereas we should be looking at making living spaces multi-use and reducing the amount needed.
Posted By: SteamyTeaWe should be releasing land to build decent homes on that people want, in places they want to live, not restricting supply and forcing people to take second best or whatever is available.
Posted By: PaulJI have just finished a 3 storey house and I feel that if a future occupier were to become disabled to the extent that they would install a through floor lift and a bedroom and bathroom hoist, they would do better to move to a bungalow.In many areas, older couples continue to live in large family houses long after their children have left. Does the concept of "Lifetime Home" mean that this will be even more prevalent?
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