Design for mobility

At the moment, we are going through a huge period of transition. Our life as a family is heading in a new and somewhat unknown direction.

My continuing poor health is a major factor in all of this, and with me leaving my job as a lecturer, my focus is on being as well as I can be so my time and energy are spent on family and home life.
I have nerve damage in my pelvic area as a result of surgery and this will be ongoing for the rest of my life, so pain, fatigue and limited mobility are my main hurdles.

We have made the decision to put our house up for sale next year. As much as I love the bones of this place, I can’t continue with the remodelling and decorating the house still needs. Also the steep stairs and access to the property are a struggle (not very glamorous climbing up stairs on all fours!). My dad suggested we move to a bungalow. Yes, this makes sense to most, but I just have this thing about bungalows…. They just don’t light my fire I’m afraid. Maybe in another forty years I’ll be ready for that!

The other thing that is a real niggle for me is just how unsexy mobility aids for the home are! We have some amazing designers creating all sorts of fabulous furniture, buildings, home accessories; but who out there designs with disabled users in mind? I don’t want to live somewhere that looks and feels like a hospital. I want any aids I need to fit naturally into my living space. If you have any ideas or suggestions let me know please. That would be fab.

Okay so that’s my moaning over and now on to the exciting bit (and yes it is more day dreaming, if money wasn’t tight type planning rather than ‘real’ planning, but hey, it keeps me occupied!)
Three beautiful words; open plan living. Oh yes, I want a one storey open plan home in a beautiful location with stunning views of trees. This home will NOT be called a bungalow…. EVER.

I’ve been looking at some amazing places this week. Pinterest is like porn for design fiends! So here are a few of my favourites. Enjoy 🙂

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~ by celee on October 10, 2013.

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