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!
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.
Did you know that our favourite national charity dedicated to independent living for older and disabled people is moving to Hammersmith this month?
Located on Hammersmith Bridge Road, the new premises will retain all the DLF’s existing facilities for information, training and the invaluable daily living equipment centre. They are also taking their Design Matters kitchen along with them, which we hope to tailor to fit its new space some time next month.
Be sure to visit the DLF this Autumn to appreciate the new facilities and find out all that they have to offer. For the full story, visit the DLF web site by using this link. To support the DLF and their fantastic work, visit their donation page here.
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.
Come and meet the team!
- Check out our latest samples
- See images of our latest kitchen projects
- Meet Adam Thomas and the team
- Pick up an Access Matters brochure
There will be limited opportunities to make a private appointment to see Adam during the show. Please call us on the office number to book your time slot or send an email to Natalie using this link.
If you have an upcoming kitchen project and would like to chat it through, please bring along some outline measurements and we’ll be happy to spend some time talking through your options, without obligation on your part. Most of our work comes through referral, and we work hard to leave each customer entirely satisfied with the service we offer.
Register for Naidex South now, for speedy entry to the event on the day of your choice.
Did you know?
Our service is unique in the United Kingdom. No other independent kitchen studio employs an award-winning disabled designer with nearly 30 years experience of kitchen design. Every design Adam develops is a one-off, tailored to the needs of a specific client. Our own brand of kitchen furniture called Access Matters was designed and developed by Adam, and is manufactured exclusively for us in England. If Adam specifies a cabinet with unusual dimensions, we will make it. It’s as simple as that.
Bespoke, stylish kitchens for older and disabled people.
Now a reality from Design Matters.
Q: What is glossy, white and absolutely gorgeous?
A: Acrylic High Gloss kitchens by Access Matters
We’ve just added two new kitchen shoots to the portfolio pages of our web sites, and we have run out of superlatives. They are both unique, one-off designs with real flair and yet they are both kitchens designed by Adam Thomas in Acrylic High Gloss White. Here’s a sneak peek:
Visit our Portfolio pages now for more pictures and call us to discuss your next project.
We’ve just posted some super pictures of a recent project in Cream Acrylic Gloss with contrasting panels in Woodline Mocca and a stunning red glass splashback. Visit our Accessible Portfolio now for more pictures.
Our Naidex National was as busy as ever with hundreds of visitors to the Independent Living Show Home, and some great feedback on our kitchen which was designed and manufactured specially for the show. The kitchen had to be fitted in three days, and then dismantled in just a few hours as the event came to an end. It’s a huge challenge for our installation team, but they made it!
The kitchen will be making another appearance at Naidex South in October, so if you missed us in Birmingham there’s another chance to meet the team and see the kitchen at ExCel London 17-18 October. There will be opportunities to have an appointment with Adam Thomas at Naidex South, so contact us if you’re interested. We’ll also be looking for a new home for the kitchen after Naidex South, as shown above, at a substantially reduced ex-display price. Please give us a call if you, or someone you know might be interested.
We have plenty of people to get back to after Naidex National, in the meantime if you want to keep track of Adam Thomas and what we’re doing as a company, please visit our new facebook page designed to keep you posted if you’re interested in accessible kitchens. ’Like’ us, and our latest news will automatically be fed through to your own facebook news feed. You can also follow @designmatters3 on Twitter.
As always, if you have any suggestions or questions we are only a call or email away. Contact us on 01628 531584 or email us using this link.
If you are a professional (occupational therapist, case manager, grant officer, architect or environmental health officer) involved in accessible kitchen design you can sign up to our training e-newsletter full of tips, hints and insight using this link to our Training page.