How to design a lifetime home that also meets your needs now

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In reality, creating a lifetime home, or one that has potential to adapt to your changing needs as time goes, on should be a priority for anyone carrying out a self build, renovation or conversion with a view to calling it home for the foreseeable future. 

It’s important to communicate to your design team from the off that you want to build a lifetime home and are actively promoting these principles in every area of your self build project. Your requirements, and therefore the spaces you inhabit, will have to be designed to change with you or, alternatively, be future-proofed from the start. For example, do you want to have a staircase wide enough in the future to cater for a stairlift, or an area to include a lift shaft at a later date?

Allan Corfield

Allan is a RIBA chartered architect and has overseen the design of over 350 low energy homes across the UK. He is one of the UK's leading experts on modern methods of construction including SIPs (structural insulated panels), is part of the Structural Timber Association, Passive House Trust and a member of the self build industry body, NaCSBA. He regularly contributes to Homebuilding & Renovating magazine and is a speaker and self build expert at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows. Since 2009, Allan has grown his custom and self build architectural practice, AC Architects, to a team of 16, and recently created AC Structures, a leading engineering business for self build projects.