Jakes House Great Abington
A purpose built home designed in a rural location to cater for the needs of a family member with Cerebral Palsy.
Having been diagnosed with a severe form of Cerebral Palsy from birth, Jake requires full assistance in moving around to complete basic daily tasks. He is fully reliant upon a wheelchair, hoist or standing frame in all aspects of daily living.
The home therefore needed to be very spacious to allow unhindered movement around furniture, with hoist access to his bedroom, en-suite, hydro pool, and family spaces.
Key Challenges and Successes
- Being in a rural location, there were tight planning restrictions governing the size and bulk of the dwelling, which conflicted with the family’s brief.
As Jake is not sensitive to noise open plan spaces were possible. Being mainly single storey we were able to design a vaulted ceiling to the main living spaces to provide plenty of volume, with natural light introduced through rooflights and large glazed gable ends.
In order to relieve strain on the family and carers and extensive hoist system is required for Jake to enjoy all areas of the house. Despite there not being a flat ceiling to most of the house we have integrated a hoist system discreetly into the design, providing Jake access from the front door to his bedroom , en-suite, activity room, main living spaces and hydro-pool.
In order to overcome tight planning restrictions in terms of bulk and scale, we were able to negotiate with the planners that some of the accommodation could sit behind the garage, reducing visual impact.