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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."
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