A two-storey or split level property should therefore not be discounted, as the installation of a lift can be a cost-effective solution. Although internal ramps are often considered, they can take up a lot of space and be intrusive and ugly, so should be avoided where possible.
Whether opting for a single or split level property, its layout, size and the juxtaposition of rooms needs to be carefully considered during the pre-acquisition and design stages. While it’s important to understand the person’s needs in relation to their disability, it’s equally as important to consider the family as a whole. For example, during one project, I designed the home of a lady with paraplegia, who also had a young child. When scheming the initial layouts of the rooms we had to ensure her child’s bedroom was easily accessible from the main bedroom.