Chapter 5


With increasing numbers of non-traditional households – including singles and single parents – limited, conventionally designed housing layouts no longer suit the needs of all potential occupants. In addition, an increasingly elderly population has created a demand for dwellings that can be adapted to the evolving lives of their occupants without requiring costly and intensive alterations (Palmer and Ward 2010).

Adaptable units accommodate varying spatial needs and facilitate the introduction of new building systems without compromising functionality or comfort. These homes use design concepts and technologies to create an environment in which modifying the building is preferable and more readily achievable than moving ...

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