Disability Access Alterations – Residential

Lift in a house

Residential Disability Alterations

Design and project management for the installation of a wheelchair lift and associated alterations in a semi detached house

Installation of wheelchair lift – Bromley

We were retained to design and manage the installation of a wheelchair lift in a three bed semi in Bromley. This included all necessary structural design, building regulation approval and project management. Associated alterations included widening of door openings, extension to accommodate an accessible WC and external ramps to facilitate wheelchair access.

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Residential Disability Alterations

Pre-purchase survey of a bungalow with specific instructions to assess suitability for wheelchair use and necessary alterations.

Pre-purchase survey for wheelchair user

Our client was purchasing a bungalow and asked us to carry out a pre-purchase survey with specific requirements to consider the alterations that would be required to allow full use by a wheelchair user. The survey included measurement of corridors, practicality of internal alterations and cost assessment.

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Residential Disability Alterations

Design and specification for the conversion of an existing outbuilding into a ground floor, wheelchair accessible bathroom.

Conversion of outbuilding into wheelchair accessible bathroom – Kent

We were asked by a client in Kent to provide the design and specification for the conversion of an existing outbuilding into a ground floor, wheelchair accessible bathroom, including associated alterations comprising door widening, external ramps etc. Our work included a measured survey, design drawings and specification.

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Residential disabled access alterations

The Equality Act does not place any obligation on home owners or landlords to make their homes suitable for disabled people to use and access to to make residential alterations to accommodate access. The Building Regulations (Part M) do require that new houses are accessible to the front door and have a large WC to the ground floor, but circumstances may exist where you need to make alterations to your home to accommodate someone with a disability or someone with mobility difficulties.

Sometimes a grant may be available from a charity or a local authority, but however the work is funded you should consult a professional with expertise in this area. They will be able to liaise with Occupational Therapists (OTs) and funding partners to ensure your alterations are appropriate for the circumstances.

Typical residential alterations include:

  • Enlargement of ground floor bathroom facilities
  • Widening of door openings
  • Extensions to accommodate living areas and bathroom facilities
  • External alterations to provide level access
  • Stair lifts and platform lifts to access upper floors
  • Structural alterations to support mechanical hoists

Collier Stevens can assist you in the assessment and design of appropriate residential alterations. We can also help you before you buy a property by undertaking a detailed survey with particular regard to the scope, ease and cost of making the necessary alterations.

If you need help we suggest that you call us in the first instance and speak to one of our surveyors — 020 8295 1200  or you can make an online enquiry.  If you need to make a quick enquiry complete the form below and include your phone number of you need to talk to a surveyor.

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