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Hi Adele, We are actually unique in Europe with our accessible kitchens. We started out 25 years ago by adapting standard kitchen furniture, and gradually developed our own products. You could consider some small alterations that are possible with standard furniture. For example, a split-level area where the cooking and food prep zone is lower than the rest of the kitchen and can be accessed from a perching stool: http://www.dmkbb.co.uk/accessible-kitchens/portfolio/gloss-white-acrylic-with-corian-by-access-matters/. This can be a comfortable way to spend longer amounts of time in the kitchen, even in middle age, and useful as a place to sit and eat too. Or a corner microwave combi oven (fully featured small oven plus microwave) with plenty of space in front for safe positioning of hot plates and bowls, like we have done in this kitchen: http://www.dmkbb.co.uk/accessible-kitchens/portfolio/accessible-project-9/  The very wide knee spaces shown here require extra support underneath and are difficult technically, however a smaller lowered corner with an open space underneath is fairly easy to achieve with standard kitchen furniture and would give your mother a safe space to heat food and snacks. We also like hot water taps at the sink, which are much safer than trying to fill and transfer a kettle. Think about worktops - it becomes more difficult to keep worktops completely clear of water and splashes with reduced hand grip, so laminate worktops can suffer and deteriorate very quickly. This is one reason for the higher cost of accessible kitchens; they must be designed for very easy maintenance with materials that are completely water resistant. Door handles - need to be very smooth and comfortable to use, as older hands can become painful with conditions such as arthritis. You could consider push-to-open catches as we have done here: http://www.dmkbb.co.uk/accessible-kitchens/portfolio/gloss-grey-and-driftwood-by-access-matters/  These ones are motorised, but simpler non-motorised versions are available. Finally, the Neff Slide and Hide oven with a pull-out shelf underneath is a safe option for any age. Good luck with your kitchen design plans!

   
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Shivam Pandey
I like it door style to much
   
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Pooja Saraf
Need idea on L shaped living room settings.
   

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