Project Description: Conversion / adaption of a house for disabled access and associated works
Contractor: Chrysalis Construction
Structural Engineering: Steven Wilson Partnership
Contract Sum: £243,593.00
Contract Type / Period : IFC 2011 / January - December 2017
We were commissioned to convert a four bedroom house for a severely disabled, wheelchair bound client, who needed 24 hour care.
The house was located on a steeply sloping site and arranged on three levels, lower ground, ground and first, which immediately presented an access problem.
The solution was to install a platform lift to unite all three floors, so that our client could share the spaces with the rest of his family if need be.
The lower ground floor contains a self contained carer's flat, housing a bedroom, kitchen / utility and shower room as well as an entrance and store with lift, converted from the former double garage.
The ground floor contains the client's bedroom, accessed directly via the lift, and adjacent wet room, as well as a kitchen / dining area, so the family can integrate on a day to day basis.
The first floor contains a library converted from the former master bedroom, which also acts a communal family space, and the adjacent ensuite bathroom was upgraded to a shower room.
The other three bedrooms and bathroom were refurbished for family use.
Care was taken throughout the project to ensure that all the rooms were wheelchair accessible in terms of space and finishes eg. bamboo used as a floor finish on the ground to ease traction.
At the same time, the existing fabric was upgraded thermally, and heating services upgraded from an oil fired, to a gas condensing boiler, with new radiators.
Externally, the drive was remodelled to allow vehicular access into the new entrance, and the rear patio resurfaced to suit wheelchair accessibility.