Missy’s House in the Northamptonshire countryside is a much-needed addition to the UK’s accessible holiday home market that makes the perfect rural retreat for guests, whatever their access requirements. In line with their ambition to create an accessible home-from-home for disabled guests and their friends and families, the owners of Missy’s House instructed Motionspot to design its three bathrooms and supply design-led accessible products to create practical spaces that are in keeping with the entirety of its distinctive, architect designed building.
Two of the three bathrooms at Missy’s House are level-access wet rooms, while the third has a separate bath and level-access shower to accommodate those who love a soak, as well as young children. All are fitted with white porcelain sanitaryware including basins wall-mounted at the optimum height to accommodate a stool or wheelchair underneath. Their elegant cut-outs offer discreet support while doubling up as a great spot to hang a hand towel, and their wide countertops serve as easy access storage for daily essentials. Every bathroom features a combination of attractive fixed and folding chrome grab rails which complement the bathrooms’ other brassware. Strategically positioned where it is most likely to be needed, support includes dual-purpose L-shaped shower riser rails which can support 150kg of weight as a grab rail. Other clever product choices include:
- Discreet shower seats which neatly fold up against the wall
- Comfort lever mixer taps
- Illuminated mirrors complete with demister pads
- Comfort height toilets with easy-to-operate mechanical flush plates
- Low surface temperature electric towel rails
- Push-button call alarms which are a more discrete, user-friendly, and hygienic alternative to traditional emergency red pull-cords
- Slip resistant porcelain floor tiles
Next to the bath is a tiled shelf which can be transferred onto from a wheelchair to aid getting in and out of the bath. The second bathroom features eye catching storage niches made from complimentary tiles. All three bathrooms are finished with eye-catching Italian tiles; a combination of a blue/green shade reminiscent of the woodland outside, combined with a paler neutral in the two main bathrooms, and a beautifully subtle textured neutral tile throughout the ensuite.
“Named after and inspired by my sister, Missy’s House has been purpose built for people with disabilities, but it’s been done in a subtle, design-led way, so it doesn’t look clinical in the slightest. We realised early on that a lot goes into creating accessible bathrooms, especially ones that look great too. So, we enlisted Motionspot’s expertise, and Rebecca and her team supported us every step of the way; from the initial floor plans to sorting out the finishing touches. The resulting bathrooms are a vital component in the creation a holiday home that makes the perfect getaway, no matter what your access needs may be.”
Rupert Conant, Owner of Missy’s House on the Bulwick Estate
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