Access Statement – The Byre

Access Statement – The Byre
Introduction

The Byre is on two levels, with two en-suite bedrooms on the ground floor, and the kitchen and open-plan lounge/dining area on the first floor which is accessed by a timber staircase with a return. Because of this layout, it is not suitable for guests who are unable to manage stairs.
Flooring is a light coloured slip-resistant porcelain tile throughout the cottage, with rugs in the lounge and bedrooms.

Parking and Main Entrance

Dedicated parking is available immediately adjacent to the cottage, on a gravelled level area.
A step 180mm high leads up to the outer entrance door.
There is an outer entrance in the form of stable doors leading into a porch. The stable doors are 920mm wide, inward opening and hinged on the left. The top and bottom sections have latches at 1400mm and 1100mm respectively. It is not essential for security to latch, or even close these doors.
The porch area is 1000mm deep by 1750mm wide. The front door is directly opposite the stable doors. There is a large storage area, suitable for cycles, with a lockable door.
The front door is part clear glazed, 720mm wide, inward opening and hinged on the left. There is a pushbutton lock with a lever handle at a height of 1300mm.

Laundry

The front door opens into a laundry area with front loading washing machine and tumble dryer set under a worktop 910mm high. The minimum unrestricted width is 830mm, length 1650mm leading to a half glazed self-closing firedoor 720mm wide, outward opening and hinged on the left.

Hallway

The door from the laundry opens into a hallway which has an unrestricted width of 830mm, leading to stairs to the first floor and with doors off to the bedrooms and a bathroom.

Main Bathroom

The bathroom is accessed from the hallway by a self-closing firedoor 720mm  wide, inward opening and hinged on the left. This bathroom is also en-suite with Bedroom 2, and therefore has a further door into the bedroom. Both doors can be locked from the inside with bathroom set door furniture which allows for release from outside in emergency. The door into the bedroom can also be bolted separately from the bedroom side.
Standard height WC 410mm to seat with pushbutton flush, and washbasin inset into a counter top 820mm high.
The whirlpool bath is a standard height 560mm to edge and “P”-shaped to provide a showering area.
There is a thermostatically controlled shower over the bath, with hinged glass screens.
A heated towel rail is provided, which is thermostatically controlled and has an adjustable maximum temperature.
Lighting in the bathroom is controlled by a pull switch.

Bedroom 1

From the hallway a self-closing firedoor 790mm wide, hinged on the right and inward opening leads into Bedroom 1.
When arranged as a double bedroom, there is a minimum access of 550mm on each side of the bed; when arranged as a twin bedroom there is a minimum access of 550mm on at least one side of each bed.
Bedding is cotton or polycotton, duvets are non-feather, pillows are a choice of feather or non-feather
En-suite bathroom accessed by a door 790mm wide, inward opening and hinged on the right.
Standard height WC 410mm to seat with pushbutton flush, and washbasin inset into a counter top 820mm high.
The whirlpool bath is a standard height 560mm to edge and “P”-shaped to provide a showering area.
There is a thermostatically controlled shower over the bath, with hinged glass screens.
A heated towel rail is provided, which is thermostatically controlled and has an adjustable maximum temperature.

Bedroom 2

From the hallway a self-closing firedoor 790mm wide, hinged on the left and inward opening leads into Bedroom 2.
When arranged as a double bedroom, there is a minimum access of 550mm on each side of the bed; when arranged as a twin bedroom there is a minimum access of 550mm on both sides of each bed.
Bedding is cotton or polycotton, duvets are non-feather, pillows are a choice of feather or non-feather
En-suite bathroom accessed by a door 720mm wide, inward opening and hinged on the left, lockable by a bolt on the bedroom side. This bathroom can also be used as the main bathroom when required, and is described above.

First Floor

Accessed from the hallway by a 800mm wide flight of 7 timber stairs to a 90 degree turn then a further 6 stairs landing on the open plan lounge/dining area. Handrail on right.

Lounge and Dining Area

Dining area has table 750mm high and four chairs, easy access.
Lounge has two sofas.
Logburning stove with wrought iron guard rails.
From the lounge area French doors open inward to a width of 1400mm. Threshold 50mm high, then step down 120mm onto a level flagged balcony 880mm by 3600mm with walls and guardrails 1100mm high. A flight of 16 stone steps with a minimum width of 880mm leads down to ground level.

Kitchen

Accessed from the dining area through an opening 1880mm wide.
The kitchen is fitted with a range of floor and wall cabinets; all work surfaces are 920mm high.
Evenly lit by overhead and under-cupboard lighting.
Ceramic hob with touch controls inset into worktop; hob hot indicator. Extractor fan over.
Electric double oven immediately below hob.
Freestanding fridge-freezer; freezer handle at 700mm high, fridge handle at 995mm high.
Dishwasher below worktop.

Gallery

Accessed from the lounge by a flight of 13 timber stairs 730mm wide, handrail on left.
Suspended timber floor over the dining area and overlooking the lounge.
Timber balustrade at 1100mm height.
Restricted headroom due to beams and ceiling which slopes down to a minimum height of 1350mm along the back wall of the gallery. Gallery is approx 1850mm by 3500mm, with minimum headroom of 1800mm available over a width of 110mm for the full length.

Outside

Gravelled area to front
Access to rear garden area by relatively steep slope.
Table and chairs can be sited on gravelled area to front, or garden area at rear.

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