Following the recent Habinteg Homes For Living conference on the Government’s housing standards review, Adam Thomas has been quoted on the Disability Now web site.
Read all about it using this link to the article.
Design Matters will be appearing at the CMSUK showcase event of the year, their annual Conference. This year the Conference is entitled ’Touching a Nerve’, and the clinical theme is spinal injuries.
Taking place at the Gatwick Hilton, the conference will have a multi layered approach, with a variety of topics organised to allow delegates to attend the most suitable seminars for their practice. In addition there will be joint talks covering subjects suitable for all. This event is specifically aimed at Case Managers, but will be relevant to anyone working within rehabilitation.
Our own Adam Thomas and Richard Smithies will be attending the Conference, with a slideshow of our most recent projects and a fantastic new stand. Do come and say hello and pick up some literature. We would love to talk to you about our approach to accessible kitchens and our one-stop service from design to supply and installation.
For more details or to discuss your latest project, contact us via email, or call the office on 01628 531584.
Adam Thomas of Design Matters will be training a team of community OTs for West Berkshire County Council on Thursday 19 September in Tilehurst, Berks.
He will be delivering a one day training course entitled ‘The Principles of Accessible Design’ which is a comprehensive overview of solutions for impairments such as spinal injury, brain injury and visual impairments. The course including segments on recent product developments and a practical exercise where participants are asked to apply the principles presented to a real life case study.
The day is intensive and usually runs from 10am to 4.30pm with a break for lunch.
This is what delegates say about our training day:
“We are re-visiting our wheelchair kitchen design brief following this training.”
“Excellent. Thorough knowledge of problems and how to overcome them.”
“This training will give me more insight when identifying client needs.”
“Excellent style and presentation. Well paced.”
“Really good and thought-provoking.”
“Good tips for things such as measuring clients.”
“Very relevant to our practise…”
“Trainer clearly has a lot of expertise and insight that he was able to share throughout.”
“I am actually looking forward to designing a kitchen and putting it into practise!”
“Lots of useful products and design alternatives.”
“Trainer has 28 years experience as a user and specialist. Demonstrated excellent understanding and ability to explain.”
“Useful range of photos. V good handouts.”
“Very helpful – good reference for future work.”
“This one day workshop is one of the most valued elements of our training programme. Evaluation scores from course participants are consistently very high. Comments from practitioners indicate this workshop makes a real difference to their practise.”
Habinteg welcomes the Government’s housing standards consultation and believes it represents an important opportunity to ensure all new housing stock is built to an optimal accessible standard, to meet the needs of our population both now and in the future.
Habinteg is currently assessing the content of the housing standards review to develop an informed response, working towards a goal of housing standards that are able to deliver the homes that our nation needs.
Excellent standards of accessibility should form part of any robust national housing plan, and they should deliver better homes for all. Without firmly applied guidance and regulation, accessible homes will continue to be a rarity rather than the norm.
Adam Thomas will be attending the Habinteg Forum on 17 September at ETC, Avonmouth House in South London and looks forward to joining the debate.
For more details on Habinteg’s work towards more inclusive housing standards, follow this link to the Habinteg web site.
This important work affects us all – please share widely if you believe in fair access for all. Thank you.
The first SIA Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Conference 2013 is taking place on 12 September 2013 at Aston Villa Stadium, and Adam Thomas and Richard Smithies will be attending.
This professional training day is aimed at Solicitors, Barristers, Case Managers and all professionals who work within the field of catastrophic injury. BAR Standards and APIL Accredited 6 CPD Points. Read all about it by clicking on this link to the SIA web site.
At this conference we are premiering a new stand with an integrated TV screen featuring a running slideshow of our most recent kitchen projects. Please introduce yourself at the Design Matters stand - we look forward to seeing you!
We are delighted to post images of one of our latest kitchens, designed for a busy family home in Surrey. In a bright and airy extension to the main house a fabulous contemporary space has been created for entertaining and big family gatherings.
This kitchen was designed for a wheelchair user and family at two fixed heights, with a range of Neff appliances, beautiful high gloss acrylic doors and Corian Glacier White worksurfaces.
Read all about it here, and keep checking for additional video clips, coming soon.
A beautiful new Access Matters kitchen has been fitted in Hampshire, and the pictures have been posted on our Portfolio tab today.
As the heart of a busy home, this kitchen needed to be fully accessible for a wheelchair user and the wider family. Lots of entertaining goes on in this busy household, so wine storage and a very large Liebherr fridge has been included as well as pull-out larders, pull-down baskets and clever appliances.
There are two rise and fall units in the room, and two sinks. Read all about it using this link, and watch out for addition of video clips at a later date.
We currently have a large number of kitchens to photograph, which will be appearing in our Accessible Portfolio as we receive the images from our photographer.
These include a Natural Oak shaker style kitchen with fixed-height Vanilla Corian worktops and Neff appliances, shown above. This kitchen was designed for a wheelchair user when she moved house, and decided against taking her existing Design Matters kitchen with her! Fitted into a beautiful barn conversion, the kitchen includes a custom larder unit – a feature of her last Design Matters kitchen that the client decided she could not live without. Corian wall cladding is also a feature of this kitchen, for seamless easy cleaning.
Our next project is a beautiful Painted Oak kitchen in Sage, with Clam Shell Corian worktops and a large L-shaped rise and fall unit incorporating hob and sink area. The design includes a run of tall units incorporating integrated refrigeration and a range of other appliances including a Neff SlideAway oven and Siemens induction hob. Aubergine coloured glass splashbacks contrast beautifully with the painted door finish.
Watch this space for more projects coming soon, or like our Facebook page to receive regular updates and news from Design Matters.
If you are a professional Occupational Therapist or Case Manager, and would like a day’s training in a small group setting, why not join the next training day at the Disabled Living Foundation on 27 November 2012.
Adam Thomas will present his comprehensive one-day seminar entitled ‘The Basic Principles of Accessible Kitchen Design’, assisted by our Office Manager, Natalie Presbury. Adam is the country’s leading accessible kitchen designer, and an acknowledged expert in his field having worked recently as head consultant on accessible kitchens for the Olympic Village. Read his full biography on our web site.
The day covers an in-depth analysis of the essential elements to be considered, along with explanation of current best practice and presentation of some of the latest products for accessible kitchens. Delegates will also visit the fully featured Access Matters display kitchen in the DLF Equipment Centre to illustrate some of the points raised during the day. All course materials are supplied and, in the afternoon an in-depth case study will be presented, followed by a hands-on design exercise.
This one day training course is also suitable for Grant Officers, Environmental Health Officers and anyone else who is responsible for providing kitchen adaptations in a professional capacity.
For more details and to sign up, go to the Disabled Living Foundation web site. If you have any queries about the suitability of the course for you, call us on the office number: 01628 531584, or email us.
Our training day can also be tailored to meet the needs of local authorities and group OT/Case Management practices. A dedicated day is a very cost-effective way of providing CPD for your entire team. Contact us for more details on the office number above.
Sarah Beeny’s new series Double The House for Half The Money features the Design Matters showroom in episode 2. Sarah is advising Lindsey, a client in Lincolnshire who was born with achondroplasia and would like a more accessible, modern kitchen/dining space.
The programme shows Lindsey using a footstool to access her standard kitchen, as she talks through the features she would like to try and include in her new kitchen. Sarah introduces her to rise and fall mechanisms, pull down baskets and clever storage ideas when she visits the Design Matters showroom to look at the very best in accessible kitchen design.
The Corian rise and fall areas in our showroom display get the Beeny stamp of approval and Lindsey takes some ideas away to create her dream kitchen, unveiled at the end of the programme.
The kitchen segment begins at about 28:10 but the whole programme is interesting, featuring another renovation and extension project for a family in Buckinghamshire.
We enjoyed hosting the Channel 4 team in the showroom and participating behind the scenes, with Adam giving tips on the design features Lindsey should consider.
She is clearly delighted with the completed kitchen and dining area, which is a great space for entertaining family and friends.