Last year, we were approached by a local customer who now lived on the ground floor of his house due to a progressive disability. He wished to remain living in his family home surrounded by many years of memories and did not want to move.
Following a stay in hospital the previous year he had engaged a builder to install a wet room in the rear of his garage. The job had been rushed and he was not happy with the overall finish. He sought out Absolutely Mobility as he acknowledged he now needed a specialist in disabled bathroom design to create a safe bathing area that met his needs.
He also wanted to turn the front area of the garage into a small bedroom with the garage door bricked up and a window installed. Planning permission was obtained swiftly by the customer, as many local authorities fast track planning applications for disabled living adaptations.
Work began following acceptance of our design proposal. The job took almost 4 weeks and we liaised with the local building inspector as required. The original works carried out the previous year were not particularly good, which meant we had to strip everything out.
When converting a garage into living accommodation the first consideration is to insulate the interior walls to the required standards and prepare the floor. Once complete, we turned our attention to the wet room, which would be constructed in the rear half of the garage and accessed via a sliding door providing a good, wide access point.
The shower area was installed in the corner opposite the doorway so that the customer could head directly to a free standing shower chair without having to negotiate any turns. The sink and WC were located along the left hand wall.
Marley Safe Tread flooring created an anti-slip surface, which is of paramount importance in this type of bathroom. The whole bathroom area was tiled floor to ceiling using tiles the customer hand picked from a building merchant.
The garage door was removed and bricked up leaving an aperture into which a double glazed casement window was fitted. The bedroom area was carpeted and of course painted and decorated to create a homely living space. Spot lights were fitted throughout by our electrician.
The finished garage conversion gave the customer an easy access bathroom and living space, finished to a luxurious high standard. The job also showcased the many skills we can bring to our jobs, as a garage conversion involves minor building works, essentially making a bathroom where a room does not exist.
If you’re considering converting your garage into a living space and bathroom designed to meet your specific needs we can help. Absolute Mobility offer a home assessment service to help us create tailor made bathing solutions designed around your needs. To request a home visit, or to simply talk to someone for guidance and advice, please feel free to call us on 0800 29 22 110.10 November,2016