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It is a realistic fact that most homes cannot easily handle wheelchairs and that if circumstances change such that your house needs to be adapted it might need to do so quickly and at a minimum cost. Prefabbing is potentially a good way to solve this problem.  There are several companies which can make a downstairs accessible bedroom and bathroom extension to most suburban houses. Order the needed design, pour or construct a foundation, have it delivered and craned or assembled in and attach it to your house.

As they are not permanent structures and can be dressed up to match the building they are added to, prefab extensions tend to either need no or relatively simple planning permission and will generally only take 2 to 3 weeks to construct with 2 or 3 days on site.

Disruption to your home is slight because on-site work is only to connect the unit to your house. Most prefab extensions will be delivered a fitted bathroom, interior decorating completed and some can even be relocated to a new location if you move house. Perhaps best of all they can be economic compared to a conventional extension – prices start at around £9,000 and go up depending on exactly what you need.

Few companies seem to market themselves on their accessibility (with the exception of Premier Interlink), but a close look at possible optional extras for companies like Home Extension Ltd.

This article was first published on 8 October 2014 and is no longer being updated. Information may be out of date or otherwise inaccurate due to the passage of time.