Can anyone explain who they’ve had advice from when remodelling their home to suit a wheelchair user?
I currently only use my wheelchair outside but anticipate I’ll need it inside at some point in the future (PPMS). My bungalow has narrow doors, corridors and tight corners so isn’t wheelchair friendly. We had planned to replace the kitchen this year, and a few other bits, and thought we could just widen the corridor and door to it for now. Then we found we have a huge expensive damp problem and have to move out while all the concrete floors are dug up and replaced - nightmare. But we figure while we’re at it we may as well look at sorting out the bungalow now. Not doing everything, but getting the structure right, doors and access etc. And even considering a complete remodel, maybe moving the kitchen to make the bungalow flow better, if that’s even feasible.
But I just don’t know who to go to to get help with this. I thought it sounded like a job for an architect, but the ones I’ve tried so far have all said it’s too small a job for them, they don’t seem to be interested if there isn’t an extension involved. I know at some point I need a structural engineer as we definitely need RSJs for moving walls, but I kind of want the ideas before I get someone in for the detailed design. I have the age concern trades directory and I’m now thinking maybe I need to ring round the builders in there, but I worry it’s too vague for them at the moment.
Who have you used for this kind of thing? I don’t know anyone who’s done something like this and am really confused knowing where to start.