Whether you have a physical disability or are approaching your winter years, you can still maintain your independence by getting your home renovated by a Brighton Home Adaptation and Accessibility Builder. Assisted living communities can be very costly, ranging from £500-£1,500+ per week in the UK, and with just 7% of UK homes being considered “accessible” (English Housing Survey 2014-15); it is invariably going to be much more cost-effective to make changes to your property instead. It’s never too early to consider preparing your home for your continued ease of use into old age, and Refresh can help you do just that!
There is a multitude of ways that existing homes can be adapted for ease of mobility and safety for the over 65s and the disabled community. Refresh Brighton and Worthing takes care of the entire process, from the initial consultation to assess your requirements, through our unique design and build process. We utilise streamlined processes and systems to fully manage your project, allowing you to enjoy a stress-free home renovation. Our services include:
- Bespoke designs
- Custom builds
- Disability Living Home Improvements
- Home Adaptations Home Accessibility Design and Build
- Disability Home Modifications
- Disabled Facility Grant
- Kitchen Modifications and Renovations
- Mobility Ramp Installation
- Assistive Technology Installation
- Bathroom Modifications and Renovations
- Designing for ageing in place
- Single Storey Extensions
- Wet Room Installation
- and anything else you can think of!
There are many ways homeowners prepare their home for ageing in place, or to cater to wheelchair and disabled family members. Small changes include replacing fixtures and fittings for easy grip alternatives such as touchless taps, and bar-style kitchen handles or installing grab rails and non-slip flooring around the home for safety. Mobility modifications include widening door frames, installing wet rooms or walk-in baths, and lowering kitchen cabinetry. Some also choose to add single story extensions to create a larger ground floor space containing all essential facilities, along with additional accessibility adaptations such as outdoor ramps. We are also seeing the implementation of integrated home tech to improve security and monitor safety with items such as smart lights, security intercoms, and smart locks.
The cost for home adaptations will vary greatly depending on your requirements. Small changes like replacing flooring and adding smart tech can be done with minimal investment. Accessibility modifications tend to cost a little more with an outdoor ramp coming in between £1,000-£5,000+* depending on construction materials and finish and widening doorways coming in at an average for around £800+* per doorway depending on structural complexity. Larger scale modifications such as single-storey extensions will require more budgetary consideration, with costs estimated at around £1,200-£2,000 per square metre* for a basic build cost.
*These costs are rough estimates only and are subject to change. For a quote accurate to your project, please get in touch with a Refresh Renovations Consultant.
Whether you are modifying your property to improve disabled accessibility, or for ageing in place, the first step in finding out what sort of financial help you may receive is to arrange a free care needs assessment from your local council. If eligible, the council has a duty to help and provide support, which can include disability equipment up to the cost of £1,000 provided for free. For further support, a means-tested disability grant can be applied for which can be used to cover a wide range of home adaptations. Your Renovation Consultant can help assess your requirements and take care of any additional support applications.
Refresh takes all the pressure away from the homeowner during the renovation process, by managing the entire process, scheduling and tracking the project, utilising skilled and reliable tradespeople, and taking care of any required consents or planning applications. Your Refresh Renovation Consultant will be your single point of contact, allowing you to relax and enjoy the renovation process while completing your project on time and within budget.
If you’re ready to start planning your home adaptation, get in touch with Refresh to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation.