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5 Easy Steps to Make Your Garden Accessible and Enjoyable

September 18, 2019
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“I love my garden but I don’t have time for it.” “I miss my garden but I’m too old and too ill to go out there and do any gardening.”  At Buildmumahouse I’ve found that there are 5 easy steps that you can take to make your garden, patio or balcony more accessible.

It’s really important for anyone old, weakened by illness, depressed or less able …and their carers alike… to take a break, open up their horizons and enjoy all of the benefits of focusing on the wonder of nature. Doing a bit of gardening, helping plants thrive and picking the fruits of one’s patch is so good for all of us.

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Plant bulbs in Autumn to cheer you up in Spring

These are 5 simple steps to make you garden more accessible and enjoyable…

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Lifestyle, Living Room, Universal Design

How we transformed our 1930’s fireplace in 2 days

March 31, 2019
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It’s been an exciting week. It’s only taken two years of decision making… but we’ve done it. On Friday we had a modern multifuel stove installed into our original fireplace. It’s transformed our living room and looks fantastic.

Our fireplace still has the original 1930’s ceramic tiled surround and lovely Art Deco details, like the wavy lines decorating the mantle. We love the look and have even picked up a mantle clock with the same details. Since we have lived here we’ve have been using the ‘original’ ugly gas guzzling fire on high days and holidays or just for drying off the dogs after a walk in the rain We thought that a real fire would turn the fireplace into a cozy focal point for our living room.


We started researching by talking to friends and family, digging around Pinterest and found that most people go for ripping out the old fire surround to make a large modern space for an amazing freestanding stove.

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Bathroom, Bedroom, DIY, Kitchen, Mobility Aids, Universal Design

Buildmumahouse Top 5 best buys of 2015 at the Winter Sales: Cheaper!

December 27, 2015

I’ve been on a mission this year to find kit out the house that I built for my mum. From showers to loo roll holders, from kitchen taps to soap dispensers and everything in between.

I have been looking for great design, well-built products that are also very practical – these are things that support independence and addresses reduced mobility needs.

So, if you have or if you know someone with reduced mobility, if you are a carer for an elderly friend or a relative, take a look at  my top 5 Winter Sale best buys – I’ve bought them, they work… And now they are CHEAPER!!

All prices as spotted by me on the company websites 10pm 27th December 2015 click through via the links for the latest deals…

1. Arc Bathroom Taps Range from CP HART

This is what I chose for my mum’s house and I was happy to pay FULL price. I love the design of these, almost an art deco modern look that compliments most bathroom styles from Victorian to a sleek modern natural stone tiled bathroom.

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I love that there are so many options in this bathroom range from sink taps that are separate or mixer, to the shower controls. The dual control temperature and flow give you flexibility to adjust heat or flow or there is a separate or a built in diverter that switches from an over head to a hand held shower. This shower range is ideal for either a family with the needs of different ages or for someone who needs the extra flexibility of a hand shower option to shower when you are sitting. The lever controls are ideal for anyone with poor grip and the smooth edges are ideal for arthritic (or soapy) hands, the mixer options prevent scalding. To top it all, the Arc range is exclusive to CPHart, you can be sure that are getting high end quality at an ‘Own Brand’ price.

Sounds complicated? Just tell the CP Hart sales advisor what your needs are and they will specify everything you need – that’s what I did and it all worked out really well.

The deal that I have found includes:

Arc Mono Basin Mixer:  £245.70 INC VAT    LIST PRICE: £378.00

2. BRITA Torlan 3-Way Dispenser Tap with Cartridge + FREE Installation

Don’t you just hate humping all that mineral water into your trolley at the shops? Now double that when you buy it for someone else and your arms will soon resemble Stretch Armstrong’s. Bring on the BRITA filtered water tap at Robert Dyas

Ok, I also bought this on offer but I didn’t need the free installation… I bought it before we even started building the house.

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The lines of this tap look good, it feels well made, the levers are easy to understand and they work smoothy – great for anyone elderly or with arthritic hands and unlike the BRITA water jug there no heavy water jugs to lift. I love this model because the separate lever for the filtered water makes it economical to use. Take advantage of this price, but also of the free installation, after all it’s easy to change the filter (carers this may fall to you) but installing a tap is certainly not my cup of tea.



Winter Sale price: £164.99 Was:£275.00

3. The Memory Jogger: Lakeland Kitchen Memo Blackboard 

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It’s cheap, it’s simple, it’s pretty, it’s handy, it’s invaluable …and now it’s really cheap. Use this chalkboard to leave a simple message: Supper is in the fridge! or a gentle reminder to Put out the Bins! or note a number to call. Simples. Love Lakeland.


Winter Sale price: £4.45 Was: £8.89 



4. Joseph Joseph C-Pump Soap Dispenser, Red / Grey at John Lewis

Anything from the Joseph Joseph range is going to be fun, clever, well thought out details, universal design and made from good quality plastic. This liquid soap dispenser works by inserting your hand palm up into the ‘c’ and pushing down with the back of your hand – no uncomfortable small, narrow nozzles to push down, and as it’s usually the palm of your hand that’s dirty – this is more hygienic. Good for my mum, good for me, great for the grandchildren.

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Ours are green but at this price, grab one in red.




Reduced to Clear Now: £14.00 Was: £19.00


5. John Lewis Amaury Striped Glass Touch Control Table Lamp

I wish we had found this style when we were buying a touch lamp, this is the one that got away. John Lewis own brand it has an elegant striped glass shade and chrome effect finish- the shape would work well on a bedside table.

Touch lamps are great when you wake at night or when you are dozing off at night; gently touching the lamp switches it on at a low light level, then again to make it brighter then again to turn it off. You don’t have to fiddle with a switch in the night. The touch lamp is an elegant solution and this is an elegant lamp.

My number 5 top buy and the best discount of all, at 50% 


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Its Reduced to Clear Now £30.00 Was: £60


If you spot any sale items that look good, are well designed, suitable for reduced mobility or anyone at any age go to the contact page and sign up to leave a comment…. or drop me an email at and I’ll spread the word. Happy hunting!

DIY, Lifestyle, Living Room, Uncategorized, Universal Design

Downsizing Christmas SOS

December 20, 2015

You don’t have to be the John Lewis ‘man in the moon’ to feel a bit blue at Christmas Time. Downsizing and moving to a new area can leave you feeling a bit out of sorts leading up to Christmas. There are so many benefits: closer to family, lovely snug new home, but you’re further from old friends, there doesn’t seem to be enough space for jolly decorations and where would a Christmas tree fit?

…..And did the decorations survive the move?

What’s the point?

It seems that Christmas time can be lonely for anyone living on their own and having their first downsized Christmas. We suddenly realized that this was happening under own noses. We had a Christmas SOS and it’s worked. A gentle nudge and we’re all back in the swing of things.

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