designing homes for life

Design Principles

importance of design

We create affordable “homes for life” for older, vulnerable residents who are able to live independently and have intermediate care needs.

Preferred Homes Limited is delighted to be working with our panel of architects, Local Authority partners and Homes England to provide a new generation of well designed, sustainable community based extra care housing which is entirely resident focused.

With reference to the updated HAPPI principles and the latest guidelines of the Housing LIN, from the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Housing and Care for Older People, we present our recently published proposals for excellent design and delivery taking into account learning for a post COVID and Grenfell world.

Design Guide

10 Development Principles

Home for Life

We create affordable urban and suburban “homes for life” for elderly residents who are able to live  independently and have intermediate care needs

Location & Connectivity
Located within communities maintaining family and social links
Close to amenities
Good transport links
Well considered parking availability
Care Ready
Smart home technology
Accommodation to suit changing care needs
Device operated apps
External monitoring
Energy Efficiency
Low utility bills
Avoid overheating
Roof Mounted Solar PV
Zero “O-Zone” depleting Wall and Roof Insulation
Community Facilities & Social Opportunity
Enable active ageing
Community connectivity
Health & wellbeing
Intergenerational integration
Use of Technology
Internet of things
Open standards and protocols
Cloud computing
Up to date monitoring service
Aspirational Environment
Good space standards and storage
Maximum natural ventilation
Avoidance of internal corridors with no light or ventilation
Maximum glazing - plentiful natural light
Inclusive Design
Spacious and adaptable
Fully wheelchair accessible
Barrier free
Considerate design for cognitive or sensory impairment
Aspirational Choice
Mix of 1 and 2 beds homes
Safe & Secure
Secure exterior and gardens
An enabling environment for social distancing
Own front door
Appearance & Amenity
Attractive internally and externally
Contextual design
Beautiful gardens
Communal terraces
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