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Converting a property for disabled access

Published on Sunday, 5th February 2017

Categories: Home Improvement

Parking space with disabled sign

The majority of homes in the UK are not set up to cater for people with disabilities, but there are numerous adaptions that can be carried out to help improve accessibility and give a greater sense of independence.

When it comes to adapting the home there are many things that will need to be considered depending on the complexity of the disability such as:

  • Fitting Ramps
  • Adding Grab Rails
  • Adapting internal and external door handles
  • Altering bathroom and toilet facilities
  • Adjusting Kitchens and bedrooms
  • Adjusting Light switches and electrical sockets

Getting started

The first step should be to find out about any grants that might be available to you. The Government offers a Disability Facility Grant, which will help cover the costs of widening external and internal doors, improving access ability around the home, fitting light switches and implementing a heating system. These grants will cover up to £30,000 worth of conversions.

However, before you can apply it will be necessary to be assessed to see what alterations need to be made around the home and you’ll need to get a quote for the work from a local contractor. Alternatively, you might want to consider building an extension to your home, which would cater specifically for a disabled person’s needs.

How your local building contractor can help

A local contractor will be able to assist in making the key changes around your home that will be required to cater for your mobility needs. These measures might include:

Accessibility – from widening doorways to fitting automated doors, there are numerous alterations that can be made to help improve accessibility around the home. Wheel ramps can also be fitted outside of the property. An expert contractor will be able to advise you of the most suitable options for your home.

Lighting – remote control lighting can be fitted so that lighting comes on automatically, and sockets around the home can also be lowered.

Grab handles and rails – fitting grab handles and rails around the house are a valuable aid to help people with disabilities feel much safer around the home.  They can be fitted close to steps, at the top or bottom of stairs, or outside the front door or back door. Grab rails are useful for the bathroom.

Walk in baths or showers – if your mobility issues make bathing difficult, then a walk-in bath or shower might be a good choice. A wet room would be fitted with non-slip flooring so it is are safe to use with either bare feet or shoes.

Kitchen – there are numerous adaptations that can be made to make the kitchen easier to use. Lower units, pull out shelves, adapted cookers, light switches and plugs, and a carefully planned layout will make kitchen accessibility much easier.

A property extension – if it is not possible to convert your existing property then an extra extension is another option to be considered. A local construction team will work you to ensure all of the features required to suit your needs are installed to expert standards, giving you a sense of independence around the home.

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