Top tips for a well-designed, usable house:


Car Parking: Parking spaces should always allow you to open your car door fully and you should be able to easily move around the vehicle.


Pathways and Entrance: You should be able to easily and safely access the entrance to a home, whatever your situation.


Bedrooms: Bedrooms should support ease of movement around bed.


Bathrooms: It’s best for the entry living level to have a toilet and shower that can be easily and independently used by all occupants and visitors.


Internal Stairways: Stairs should be wide and well-lit and designed with handrails to reduce the likelihood of injury.


Laundry: The laundry should be designed to support ease of movement and use of both appliances and storage space.


Kitchen: Kitchens should support ease of movement between fixed benches and appliances and storage space should be easily accessible. Drawers are more usable than cupboards.


Internal doors: Keep them wide enough to facilitate comfortable movement.


Light Switches and Powerpoints: If they’re placed at convenient heights and away from corners, they are easy to reach for all.


Windows: Controls should be at an easy to operate height and sills should allow easy viewing of the outdoor space from either a seated or standing position.


Doors and Taps: Lever handle door handles and taps are easier to operate than round door knobs.

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