My 80yo Dad is recovering from a massive cancer operation and I in order to care for him at his own home the family are going to have to put a small extension on and install a new downstairs wetroom and a new kitchen
there are some obvious things such as handrails and no trip hazzards but has anyone else got any good and practical ideas that do not make it look like an old peoples home ?
I want to put an oven at waist level and bring the level of the fridge up with a built in microwave on top , a 2 ring induction hob and a decent sink with lever taps
Wet room will have an off the floor wc decent size basin and a shower with a handheld and a seat in it with the obvious grab rails and emergency pull cord
How long have you got to do this before he comes out of hospital? Living through an extension is a pretty difficult thing at any age, even more so if you are frail and ill. Is there any way of simply adapting the existing house instead (e.g. installing a lift)??
Just get things well installed. There is a market for age-adapted properties now as the population lives longer.
He is still in hospital now and will need to go into nursing care for a few weeks so I have about 8 weeks to get this done The extension is only about 12 meters square The house is a fifties built 2 bed so no room for a lift
Gosh, you poor thing. It sounds like a very traumatic time for you and your family.
In the gentlest possible way, I don't know if it will be possible to achieve this in 8 weeks without a builder already signed up. To be honest, even a small extension is likely to take longer than that. I'm really sorry to be the bearer of bad news, my heart really goes out to you, but I don't know if this is doable. I would think even 12 weeks would be quite conservative. But perhaps I'm being too pessimistic. What do others think?
Totally agree. We are having a full house renovation with loft and cellar conversion. Just asked the builders here and they said no chance. Anyone ready to start rightaway wont have any work - for good reasons. No decent builder will start without plans either and a structural engineer's report They agree that you should try and adapt what you have. Does your DF really need his kwn kitchen? He couldnt eat with you and/or manage to heat up soup and make light snacks such as sandwiches in your kitchen?
Sorry - didnt realise this was adapting his own home.
This is thr second full scale renovation we have done. We have 3 DCs under 5 and I would not wish this on my worst enemy. Our builders are very nice but the dust and noise is horrific. Nothing is ever finished ln time either just because there are always snags. I go out every day. If I had to live through even a bit of it as a presumably house bound invalid, I would probably mive into sn old people's home asap!