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Inclusive architecture

Creating an inclusive design means tailoring your home towards the needs of anyone, whatever their age or abilities, says architect Julian Owen
Internal pocket doors offer an unobtrusive doorway in this scheme by Giles Pike Architects

Anyone who creates a custom-made property has the opportunity to really think about what they need from their home, both now and in the future. So it’s no wonder that some of the most pioneering inclusive architecture has been through self built homes. For those who have a disability, the opportunity to adapt their house or create a new tailormade dwelling could dramatically improve their quality of life, but inclusive design goes far beyond just making a house wheelchair friendly. It could mean catering for those with impaired movement, failing eyesight or reduced hearing. Remember that people can also be temporarily disabled by an injury, illness or even pregnancy, while mental illness and dementia can be strongly affected by our daily surroundings. Try not to just think about how your house design will affect the residents, as you may also want to be able to cater for potential guests of all ages.

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Build It magazine’s November issue is packed with detailed practical advice & inspiring projects to help you create your dream home. Here’s a taster of what’s inside: • Stunning eco renovation (page 54) • How to get loft conversions right (page 64) • What you need to know about insulating your home (page 70) • 10 design tips for wetrooms (page 85) • Save money by getting your project budget right (page 100) • How to get planning permission in the countryside (page 106) … and more!