Wellbeing at Home: A study of the process and outcomes of home adaptations and reflections for future practice

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This report captures the process and final outcomes of several major home adaptations undertaken by Archadia Chartered Architects, working closely with a South West London Council over the last three years.

Each project follows a collaborative design and construction process intended to react to the client’s specific disabilities and needs, and aims to understand and improve the wellbeing of the people at home. The report also reflects on the experience of the stakeholders involved throughout the process and the wider factors which can contribute to a project’s success.

The report seeks to contribute to the ongoing dialogue about the positive impact that home adaptations can have on people, their families and carers while also acknowledging the complexity of managing the building process, public spending (eg DFGs) and working with vulnerable clients. It is hoped that it will be used by both practitioners for solid examples of larger scale adaptations in different typologies, as well as a reference for families or people who are trying to navigate the process of adapting a home to better meet their needs.