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            An Accessible Kitchen Makeover With Sophie Morgan

            Designed with independent living at its heart, this accessible kitchen makeover with Sophie Morgan demonstrates how our products can be adapted for all ages and stages of life. TV presenter, Sophie Morgan, is best known as a disability campaigner and broadcaster, having also become a household name thanks to her appearances on ITV’s Loose Women, Living Wild, Dispatches and Crufts. Following an accident in her teens, Sophie now uses a wheelchair, so her new kitchen makeover needed to accommodate her access needs, while offering a stylish space. Working with her Howdens designer, Sophie used clever cabinetry, smart storage, and intelligent tech to craft an area fit for modern living.

            About Sophie

            TV presenter and podcast host, Sophie Morgan, has a successful broadcast career, while campaigning for better representation of inclusivity in television. After a car crash at just 18, Sophie was left paralysed, which meant she was determined to live independently as a wheelchair user. So, when designing an accessible kitchen in her London apartment, she sought the help of Howdens as she knew we had the products and expertise to create a space adapted to her needs.

            The design goals 

            • Sophie's aspirations

              Sophie wanted to remodel her tired cooking area into a luxe space that was welcoming and wheelchair friendly. It also needed to double up as a spot to work. 
            • The final result

              With Howdens' help, Sophie has created an accessible area that she can use confidently. Meanwhile, a statement scheme adds a decadent dynamic.

            The design details

            • Luxury hues

              Using our framed, Chelford design, Sophie added heritage appeal to her home. Paired with a marine blue and pebble hue, her cooking space is lavish and luxe.
            • Clever cabinetry

              Sophie's designer created a bespoke pantry using larder units with extra clearance, pull-down baskets, and adapted balconies for wheelchair access.
            • Bespoke bar

              Having a multifunctional cooking space was essential for Sophie, so her builder installed a compact breakfast area at the optimum height for homeworking.
            • Cook & Connect tech

              The Lamona kit in Sophie’s space features Cook and Connect tech. This uses  Bluetooth to control the fan from the hob, making both devices easy to operate.
            • Dressed for drinks

              Sophie loves entertaining family and friends, so her designer added a drinks station with custom shelving and a bottle fridge to keep tipples within reach.
            • Safety first

              Kettles are hard to lift from a wheelchair, which is why Sophie invested in a Quooker tap, so she has boiling water on demand without the risk of scalding.
            • Conquer counters

              To make the most of awkward corners, Sophie opted for pull-out accessories that brought the cupboard contents forward, improving access and stock visibility.
            • Pull-down power

              Pull-down shelves make it simple for Sophie to put away dishes. It also maximises the room's height to free up floor space for better manoeuvrability.

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