chapter  5
House builders, disability and the design of dwellings
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Part M has nothing to do with quality because if it were it would be a very different regulation. If you were doing it properly you would do so much more. So, is it really about housing quality?

(From an interview with a builder)

Disabled people’s experiences of seeking to create a habitable environment within the context of the dwelling provide insights into the interactions between impairment and design as a context for the perpetuation of disability. As the previous chapter indicated, the design of most dwellings does not permit their ease of use by disabled people – a point that is usually lost on most builders and building professionals, who rarely design or construct dwellings with the needs of disabled people in mind (see also Chapter 7). Rather, as earlier chapters have suggested, builders and their design and construction teams tend to (re)produce design and building processes that make few concessions to individual, bespoke, bodily needs, and they rarely depart from the construction of tried and tested housetypes. Instead, the rationalities of real estate, as outlined in Chapter 2, encourage builders to minimize innovation in design and to construct dwellings for consumers who are understood by builders to exhibit similar tastes and requirements in relation to the form and functioning of domestic environments.