Richard Dawson, chartered architect based in Bingley, West Yorkshire, providing architectural services and project management.

An accessible home for a young wheelchair user

Location: Wyke, West Yorkshire

Brief:  The existing house needed extending and adapting to remove barriers to allow wheelchair use.

Solution: R Dawson Architect provided a planning and building regulation service.  The client had twins, one of whom is a young wheelchair user with cerebral palsy.  Basic dimensions were taken and a design prepared which incorporated a number of ‘lifetime home’ features  The doors in the house were not wide enough to allow a wheelchair access and the bathroom and bedroom which they shared was inadequate for turning and movement.  The house was extended to provide an extra bedroom, an accessible bathroom, doors widened to allow access throughout the house and a sunroom created for sitting with poor weather.  The kitchen and dining room were combined to allow better movement and the existing bathroom removed.  The entrance door was adjusted and level access provided with good external lighting.