Access Statement – The Carthouse

Access Statement – The Carthouse
Introduction

The Carthouse is on three levels, with a wetroom, lounge, and kitchen/dining room on the ground floor. We have provided additional facilities for the needs of guests with limited mobility, including assisted wheelchair users, although the bedrooms are all accessed by stairs.

Parking and Main Entrance

Dedicated parking is available immediately adjacent to the cottage, on a gravelled level area from which a level slab area 2m wide leads to the cottage.
The front door of The Carthouse is then accessed either by two steps, 150mm and 180mm high and 850mm wide, or by a ramped path with a slope of approx 1:18, 860mm wide and 3.5m in length. There is no handrail. There is an unrestricted access area immediately in front of the door which is 1.5m by 2.2m.
The front door is 780mm wide, inward opening and hinged on the left. It is unglazed apart from a window 180mm by 340mm at a height of 1340mm. There is a pushbutton lock with a lever handle at a height of 1m.
There is a vertical weatherbar to a height of 30mm across the door opening.
The front door opens into a hallway which has an unrestricted width of 1.2m, leading to stairs to the first floor and with doors off to the wetroom and the lounge. The floor is porcelain tiles of a light colour.

Ground Floor Wetroom/WC

The door to the wetroom is 950mm wide, inward opening and hinged on the left. There is a very slight ramped threshold of approx 15mm up into the room which has a porcelain tiled floor with a slight slope for drainage.
The wetroom door has a large lever latch on the inside, and can be opened in emergency from the outside.
The wetroom is 1.7m by 2.7m and has been designed and equipped to help meet the needs of guests with limited mobility, including wheelchair users. The walls are medium to light in colour, with contrasting dark blue handrails for toilet, washbasin and shower.
The toilet is 480mm to the seat, unlidded and has a large flush lever. Access is from the right hand side only, as you face it (ie transfer is to the right of a wheelchair). The handrail on this side drops down from the wall.
The washbasin is at a height of 730mm and sited so that it can be reached from the toilet seat, and has a single lever-action tap.
Being a wetroom, access to the shower is unhindered at floor level, and there are no shower screens or doors. The shower is thermostatically controlled and operated by two levers.
A moveable shower seat can be provided.
There is a thermostatically controlled heated towel rail, for which the maximum temperature can be adjusted. The wetroom is heated by the underfloor heating system.
There is a pullcord assist call with a sounder and strobe in the lounge and outside the wetroom itself, and which can be cancelled from within the wetroom.

Lounge

From the hallway a door 790mm wide leads into the lounge. This is a firedoor with a closer which has a delayed action to allow uninterrupted passage; it opens into the lounge and is hinged on the left.
There is another firedoor 840mm wide leading from the lounge into the kitchen and dining area; this door opens into the lounge, is hinged on the left, and is similarly equipped with a delayed action door closer.
The lounge has a light coloured porcelain tiled floor, and a rug which can easily be removed if required.
From the lounge there is an inward opening glazed door 740mm wide and hinged on the right, which leads outside via a step 160mm high. A ramp can be provided on request.
The lounge contains a logburning stove, for which a moveable fireguard is provided.

Kitchen and Dining Area

The floor is light coloured porcelain tiles throughout.
The dining table is 780mm high and stands to the left of the doorway. It normally projects into the room but can be placed against a wall whilst still allowing comfortable seating for four to six, and then allows a free access of 1700mm width.
A pair of inward opening glazed French doors open to a width of 960mm and lead out to the rear via two steps 120mm and 140mm high.
The “U” shaped kitchen area is separated from the dining area by a peninsular work surface 910mm high with a minimum access width within the kitchen of 1m.
The kitchen is fitted with a range of floor and wall cabinets; all work surfaces are 910mm 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.
Separate larder fridge and freezer below worktop.
Dishwasher below worktop.

Laundry

At the end of the run of kitchen cabinets there is a front loading washer/dryer with easy access to the front.

First Floor

From the ground floor, and opposite the front door, a flight of 13 timber stairs leads up to the first floor. The stairs are 770mm wide, with a handrail on the right.
The flooring on the landing and all rooms on the first floor is light coloured porcelain tiles.
The landing has a minimum width of 840mm.

Bedroom 1

Accessed from the landing through a self-closing firedoor 800mm wide, inward opening and hinged on the left.
When arranged as a double bedroom, there is a minimum access of 900mm on each side of the bed; when arranged as a twin bedroom there is a minimum access of 500mm each side of both beds.
Bedding is cotton or polycotton, duvets are non-feather, pillows are a choice of feather or non-feather
There is a washbasin and shaver point.

Bedroom 2

Accessed from the landing through a self-closing firedoor 710mm wide, inward opening and hinged on the left.
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 500mm 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

Bathroom

Accessed from the landing through a door 710mm wide, inward opening and hinged on the left.
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.

Second Floor

From the landing a second flight of 13 uncarpeted timber stairs leads up to the second floor. The stairs are 770mm wide with a handrail on both sides.
The landing is 840mm by 1400mm. The flooring on the landing is a dark brown fitted carpet.

Bedroom 3

Accessed from the landing by a self-closing firedoor 710mm wide, inward opening and hinged on the right.
The door provides an access height of 1960mm for a width of 350mm, and slopes down to an access height of 1730mm
The dark brown fitted carpet on the landing continues throughout the third bedroom.
The room has a ceiling which slopes steeply down to a minimum height of 1400mm over the head of the bed(s). There is a beam which restricts headroom immediately below to 1800mm. Most of the room has headroom well in excess of 1800mm, and is comfortable for adults.
The room has two Velux windows with fitted blinds; one of the blinds requires the use of the supplied pole to open and close.
When arranged as a double bedroom, there is a minimum access of 800mm on each side of the bed; when arranged as a twin bedroom there is a minimum access of 500mm each side of both beds.
Bedding is cotton or polycotton, duvets are non-feather, pillows are a choice of feather or non-feather.
Central heating radiator with thermostatic valve.

Outside

Level gravelled area with table and chairs.
Stone storage shed.
At the rear there is a path 1.4m wide, and a flight of 12 steep steps with no handrail leading up to the rear garden.

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