Top tips for a well-designed, usable house:
Car Parking: Parking spaces should always allow you to open your car door fully and you should be able to easily move around the vehicle.
Pathways and Entrance: You should be able to easily and safely access the entrance to a home, whatever your situation.
Bedrooms: Bedrooms should support ease of movement around bed.
Bathrooms: It’s best for the entry living level to have a toilet and shower that can be easily and independently used by all occupants and visitors.
Internal Stairways: Stairs should be wide and well-lit and designed with handrails to reduce the likelihood of injury.
Laundry: The laundry should be designed to support ease of movement and use of both appliances and storage space.
Kitchen: Kitchens should support ease of movement between fixed benches and appliances and storage space should be easily accessible. Drawers are more usable than cupboards.
Internal doors: Keep them wide enough to facilitate comfortable movement.
Light Switches and Powerpoints: If they’re placed at convenient heights and away from corners, they are easy to reach for all.
Windows: Controls should be at an easy to operate height and sills should allow easy viewing of the outdoor space from either a seated or standing position.
Doors and Taps: Lever handle door handles and taps are easier to operate than round door knobs.