18. Do internal spaces and layout allow for adaptation, conversion or extension?
“A good project will continue to provide value for money and meet user needs throughout its lifetime.” National Audit Office, 2004
A well-designed home will need to take account of changing demands and lifestyles of the future by providing flexible internal layouts and allowing for cost-effective alterations. Housing should be able to respond to changing social, technological and economic conditions.
The main consideration is adaptability. For houses, the design could accommodate a downstairs toilet, wider doorways, level entrances and allow for a lift or stair lift to be fitted in the future. The potential to extend back or upwards, or to open up between rooms to allow open-plan living, is valuable, as is garden space and the space to allow a conservatory to be added.
For houses and apartments, if outside walls carry structural loads this allows for partitions to be added or removed inside to suit the owner’s needs. And if rooms are big enough to allow them to be used in a variety of ways, for example, as a work space, study, bedroom or playroom, this adds flexibility.
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The 20 Criteria
Environment & community
Streets, parking & pedestrianisation
Design & construction
|Does the development provide (or is it close to) community facilities, such as a school, parks, play areas, shops, pubs or cafes?|
- Lifetime Homes
- Better places to live: a companion guide to PPG 3 (DT LR and CABE, 2001); Chapter 6, p66
- Getting value for money from construction projects through design: how auditors can help, (National Audit Office, 2004)