Where do I start, Cath? It’s costing us a lot of money, that’s for sure, but we reckon we’d have to spend more to find a suitable bungalow either adaptable or already adapted.
So downstairs we’re having three doorways widened and installing sliding doors on two of them (living room and dining room), the third is just the opening through from the kitchen to the back door and the utility room, which is also my workshop (now defunct.)
That’s the easy bit.
Upstairs we’re moving the bathroom to a small bedroom nearer our bedroom, and on the same level (no awkward step). The existing bathroom will be knocked through into the small bedroom at the back of the house to make one bigger guest bedroom. Our existing guest bedroom will become my study/music room/studio.
This means that our bedroom, the bathroom and my den will all be next to each other, all on the same level and with nice wide doors and smooth flooring, so I can be much more independent up there. I can’t wait.
The downsides are we’re going from 4 to 3 bedrooms, so the value of the house drops, probably- but maybe our council tax will too? Also there will still be an awkward step at the top of the stairs, but not as awkward as what is there now, which is a step in a dog leg.
We have the option to put a wheelchair lift straight up from the dining room into my den, but for now I’ll carry on with the stair lift and the awkward step.
Exciting but daunting. I will probably go into respite care for the worst bits.