award winning accessible family home, vitamix blender, now with hydrospa.
Our family home is designed around a ramp (for our daughter who is a wheelchair user). We finished building it in 2012, and have been enjoying living in it for just over three years. We are in Portobello, which is a lovely seaside town on the edge of Edinburgh.
Our house is lovely and sunny throughout the day, open plan but with lots of smaller spaces off the ramp, which give privacy. We have designed it with lots of glass and doors which open onto the garden. We have won an architectural award for it, and we find it a really lovely house to live in, and hope that you will too. It now has a large Hydrospa in the garden with 4 seats and one chaise longer, and a range of different bubble settings, a wonderfully tranquil place to relax at the end of the day.
The ramp is a European 1:8, which means it is suitable for families with children who are wheelchair users and have parents who can push them, or for wheelchair users who have strong upper bodies. We have two friendly but independent cats, with their own cat flap, so they come and go, but it would be great if you are happy to feed them.
Portobello is a lovely, friendly community 15 minutes from the centre of Edinburgh. It has its own high street with butcher, baker, fishmonger, deli, health food shop, and lots of cafes. It is also 2 minutes walk from the sea, with a fantastic beach, and a sociable promenade to stroll along. The centre of Edinburgh is easy to get into by bus, and can be cycled in about 35 minutes. it is an impressive city, with lots of cultural activity, including the Festival and the Fringe. The stunning Scottish Highlands are easily reached from this base.
whole house to themselves
Other things to note
we have track hoisting in the living room and in one bedroom, and a shower chair which can be used in the accessible wetroom. One of the single beds is a profiling bed (which moves up and down, and can have the head or feet raised: suitable for anyone with muscular / skeletal problems, but can be slept in by anyone.
no smoking please.
Treat our house, as you would your own, respect the energy and time that we have put into building it, and most of all enjoy relaxing in the spaces, both indoor and outdoor.
We live in Portobello, which is the seaside part of Edinburgh. We love travelling in Europe and know the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and France well, and will be travelling to Copenhagen this summer. We are happy for people to come and enjoy living in our house, and to enjoy the friendly community of Portobello, and the beautiful city of Edinburgh. We are both architects (currently building our own barrier-free family home) and love good design and good architecture. I am writing a blog about building our home which will also tell you more about us as a family: