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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."
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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