Just seeing how it looks…

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Disabled Living

Here’s a very useful YouTube Channel for wheelchair users - not simply from an accessible home design point of view but other basic things about how to get by if you find yourself confined to a wheelchair for any length of time.

Sometimes the simple ideas are the best - check out the extra handle on the garage door as we take a look around Brian’s home:

Check out Brian’s main channel for more of his videos…

https://www.youtube. … ackpearlv6/featured

An automatic house

There was an interesting article on the BBC website today about a guy who has turned his home into one which watches who is in the building and alerts the owner if there is someone there which it doesn’t recognise. It also adjusts the heating etc. if someone turns up who prefers the house a little warmer or cooler, and the developer expects to be able to expand his system to allow him to “talk” to the house and just issue whatever commands he wants.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38261690

It may all sound a bit geeky and even a bit sinister from a privacy point of view, but this is exactly the kind of system which I am surprised hasn’t been developed by a big company such as Amazon or Google because it could open up the possibility of affording a much greater degree of independence for disabled people.

Couple this with a few robots for specialist operations such as getting someone in and out of bed, or to the bathroom, and it would be just brilliant for someone like Georgi to be able to live more or less on his own, yet still be monitored in case he needs help with something.

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Internal Doors

We need to decide which type of doors to buy for the inner entrance door and the two bedrooms.

Door from entrance to corridor

For the inner entrance door I think we should have one which lets plenty of light through so we have at least some natural light getting through to the front door - it was already very dark there but with the new inner wall and door it will be as black as a tunnel if we use a solid door.

I would love a door like this TWENTY (20) pane one, using hand made glass panels (or anything except perfectly flat clear glass). This water effect is quite interesting.

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Door to bedrooms

For the bedrooms Lana in keen on have some kind of “Eurodesign” doors with a wavy glass panel in them, but I saw these which looks like a good compromise between what we both want - it lets a fair amount of light through without causing privacy problems and also looks good. We could possibly even use the same design for the inner entrance door, if the one I like proves unpopular.

One other thing we need to be careful with is the handing - it may give us a little more room to manoevre Georgi though the door (or let him drive through himself) if the door was hinged on the left so we could open it nearly 180 degrees, though it will open to mabe 100 degrees as already planned so it might be ok (and would look better).

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We could get some custom made using the glass wall blocks I saw in Domino. You can get some quite interesting designs and lighting effects…

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I would REALLY like to have concealed dropseals fitted to the bottoms of the internal doors too:

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T’bili “Tibbly” Coasters

A new BRAND of coasters authentically and exclusively made in Tbilisi and in the regions of Georgia by local craftsmen.

Ok, it’s an off-cut of floor tile but it kinda works as both a coaster and a plate…

Tibbly Coaster Number 1