About the client
Our client recently moved into a new home after uniting two families. They were now a large family of seven which includes one child with special needs.
While the house this family purchased was considerable in size, it was still short one bedroom. Also, the home needed to be modified to cater for wheel chair access and facilities.
The first thing that needed to be fixed was the sleeping arrangements. We worked with the family to ensure the designs were well thought out in how we could add a new bedroom to the home within the existing footprint. Our biggest aim when doing any additions is to make it blend in to look as though it had always been there.
Upstairs featured a large rumpus room which we were able to convert to a bedroom while still leaving space at the top landing for ample hallway access to the other rooms. While we were working upstairs, we also demolished a poorly designed built in wardrobe in another bedroom to increased the usable space for this lucky bedroom occupant.
With the bedrooms sorted, we went to work on the access to the downstairs bathroom for wheelchair access. The existing entrance for this room was only a 720mm door with floor to ceiling tiles internally. In order to make this access easy we opted for a 920mm door replacement. By retaining the existing tiling on the wall we were able to keep the budget down. It was a bit tricky, but we managed to salvage all wall tiles without a crack which was testament to our experienced team.
The previous owner had renovated the downstairs bathroom and tiled over the original tiles. This created a stepped entry which was difficult to negotiate a wheelchair. We removed a row of tiles at the entry and provided a short ramped entry to increase usability for our client.
With a space for everyone, this family now all live happily ever after in their new home.