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Design Matters designed a kitchen for Geoff Adams-Spink, a former BBC presenter and producer and thalidomider who lives in West London. For him, height was a crucial factor, and getting that aspect of the design right was really important. He also wanted a smart, designer look, and had strong ideas about materials. It was a great project, and Geoff is delighted with the finished room.
The kitchen is fitted with a range things to make it more accessible for Geoff:
- Oak Access Matters units with granite worktops
- 2 Neff SlideAway ovens
- Height adjustable stools
- Remote controlled blinds
- Non-slip mats
- A Franke hot water tap
- A wall-mounted Elica Om extractor hood
“I wanted a kitchen that I could work in but in which others, including my personal assistants, would also be at home. I’m well aware that adaptations for disabled people very often devalue a property when it’s sold because the purchaser has to factor in the cost of removing whatever has been altered. This kitchen will be quite the reverse - a
positive selling feature and not a liability.”
Design Matters offer a full service, including design, supply and installation service offering an innovative, safe and stylish range of accessible kitchens.
Kath's adapted kitchen allows her and her husband to use the kitchen together by incorporating standard height worktops alongside a row of lower ones.
"All my kitchen units were standard because we went for drawer units rather than cupboards. Cupboards would have had to be specially made for my height, whereas with drawers I just had 2 high instead of 3. Also drawers are easier for me to access as oppose to trying to reach to back of cupboards. For my wall mounted, over worktop cupboards, I went for shallower ones for my section, for similar reaching reasons."
"I have a Miele oven with an optional pull out cassette system, so that all the shelves roll out at once on the cassette instead of needing to pull out individually. And my cooker hood is rigged to a power switch low down so that I can switch it on and off easily from there."
"I was also particularly careful choosing the flooring. We actually went around shops with a bottle of water so that we could sprinkle on the samples and test how slippery they were for me to walk on."
Helen's kitchen, also created by Design Matters, has been designed with every storage possibility in mind. Cabinets that lower at the click of a button, windows that open with solar panel and a slide and hide oven are just some of the features installed to make it accessible as well as beautiful.
An induction hob has made cooking much easier for Helen meaning that she no longer burns herself on the gas hob. Shallow shelving means that she can reach everything in the cupboards easily and Helen even has the power sockets for all her appliances at an accessible height.
“We made use of every single solitary bit of space in the kitchen. Its not the easiest shape, it’s got radiators, windows and more doors than you can shake a stick at. But I love my kitchen, it makes it a pleasure to cook not a chore.”
You can have a full tour of Helen’s kitchen as Sally Sheehy took a video when she visited:
Simone has had some carefully thought out features and equipment installed in her kitchen to help make it easier to use for both herself and her husband.
She also uses some readily available tools and utensils to assist with reaching and serving food.
Simone takes us on a tour of her kitchen in this video
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People are often put off making adaptations because they worry that it means living surrounded by unattractive and medical looking contraptions! But this isn’t the case and we are developing a bank of case studies and examples of how people have made adaptations to their homes to inspire others, so please let us know if you have a beautiful bathroom or kitchen and send us a picture.
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