Independent Living

kitchen design for wheelchair user

CBA Architects specialise in designing new homes and renovating existing dwellings for people with disabilities. Whether you are living on your own or with family we are Architects that work with you to achieve a design solution that will meet your needs. As in all our designs we design for both the present and the future. Everyone’s needs are different and we as architects recognise this. We have worked with clients in Cork, Tipperary, Limerick, to name a few, and helped them to achieve a design and build a home that is specifically thought out for them. The idea that a small 1-bedroom extension with a Part M accessible toilet built onto an existing dwelling will solve all problems, is narrow-minded thinking and there is much more that needs to be looked at in this type of project.

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House W extension contrasts stripy cedar with original brickwork

This gabled extension to a brick house in the Netherlands was designed by Studio Prototype to mimic the shape of the original property but is clad in an entirely different material. The extension echoes the proportions of the existing building but is slightly misaligned to differentiate the old and new structures, and to create a view through a narrow window along the original house's facade. "By shifting the new volume slightly from the existing dwelling, a subtle connection is established between both with special views." The architects chose to clad the extension's walls in narrow diagonal strips of stained western-red cedar that create a tonal and textural juxtaposition with the bricks facades of the adjoining structure. "A distinction between the new volume and the existing one is realised by constructing the facade of the new volume from a fine pattern of battens, creating a playful tension with the heavy existing bricks," said Steenvoorden.

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