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Architect couple complete wheelchair friendly ramp house

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March 28 2013

Architect couple complete wheelchair friendly ramp house
BDP architect Ian McMillan and his wife Thea McMillan of chambersmcmillan, have completed a wheelchair friendly family home for themselves and their eight year old daughter.

Situated in Portobello, Edinburgh, the home is defined by its spacious entrance ramp which allows easy access to an upper level, enabling the family to live together in a building which serves all their needs.

Budgeted at £250k the custom built home was spurred by a desire to minimise the amount of dead space associated with a clumsy ‘bolted on’ ramp by placing the requirement at the heart of the design process.

Writing on her blog McMillan commented on life within his new home by saying: “Since moving in, we have had so many comments from friends and visitors that the ramp makes the house: on the one hand that they are not aware of it being an obviously ‘accessible’ house, but on the other hand how wonderful it is to have a ramp in a house (and could they have one too?).

“I think it is because the ramp makes you move around the house differently, and also because of the way that we have designed spaces off the ramp, these spaces connect, both visually and physically, differently.”
A delicate balance between privacy and openness has been struck
A delicate balance between privacy and openness has been struck
The Ramp House has already become a popular party venue
The Ramp House has already become a popular party venue

4 Comments

Jamie B
#1 Posted by Jamie B on 28 Mar 2013 at 13:21 PM
This looks good, well done Ian and Thea!
urban animation
#2 Posted by urban animation on 28 Mar 2013 at 18:37 PM
Nice one Ian....
Baxendale
#3 Posted by Baxendale on 29 Mar 2013 at 17:34 PM
beautiful
David Charles Reat
#4 Posted by David Charles Reat on 2 Apr 2013 at 12:26 PM
Absolutely exquisite!
Well done Ian & Thea.
I wish you and the girls every happiness in your wonderful home.

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