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Why move house when you can adapt your space? 5 reasons to go prebuilt.

May 3, 2016

Why move when you can adapt? Young families are opening up their attics or digging out basements so that they can have more space without moving home. Now ‘older’ families with reduced mobility issues are looking at creating more downstairs ground level space so that they can stay in the same home where the kids grew up and the grandchildren like to visit.

I’ve been looking at home living modules as a solution to create single level living and wheelchair accessible home extensions. These are house extensions designed to your specifications and choice of décor, but with a huge difference – they are built, wired, decorated, plumbed and tested off site.  C3S is one such company, based in West Yorkshire, they build the entire extension as a module in their factory, using a team of highly qualified and experienced professionals. These guys won’t leave you with an extension that isn’t quite finished or a wetroom that leaks.

5 reasons to consider a prebuilt extension:

 

1. Disruption to your life is minimal:

the foundations are dug in your garden and then the entire unit is delivered by lorry and craned into position. In a matter of days it’s ready for use, fully connected and commissioned.

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Watch the delivery of this extension on You Tube!

 

2. Customise it.

A Mira shower is included in the standard specification but you can choose exactly what fittings you prefer. Have fun and get exactly what you want and need. Whether you go for the modern clean lines of the HEWI bathroom range,

HEWI basin with integrated grab rails and lots of surface area surrounding it

or a touch of luxury with easy to use taps.

So many beautiful lever taps to choose from @cphartbathrooms #design #agespanning #house spoilt for choice @buildmumahouse

So many beautiful lever taps to choose from @cphartbathrooms

 

From the positioning of electrical sockets, to carpets and colour schemes, the choice is yours. If like me you’re a bit nervous about using colour in your new bedroom, Marianne Shillingford Creative Director of Dulux suggests downloading the free Dulux Visualiser App on to your smartphone or tablet to get inspired. With this super easy app, take a photo of one of your favourite things and sample the colour using your phone or tablet’s camera. The app uses virtual reality to show you how that colour would look on your walls. Click on this link, try the app – it’s a lot of fun!

3. They’ve done it before.

The C3S team includes a project manager to oversee the entire job, the team can draw up the plans, the quote and even sort out the planning permissions. Their units are Local Authority Building Control England and Wales (LABC) approved and if you go the website they have details and assessments

Our solution is fully compliant with current building regulations and is certified under the Local Authority Building control (LABC) approval scheme
Mark Willis – Health, Safety, Environment & Quality, C3S.

4. It won’t break the bank

If you have wondered how much these basement extensions are costing your neighbours, the price, according to Back to Basement   is £2,200-£3,000 per sq m if new basement has to be dug out Source: Real Homes

An en-suite bedroom  modular unit from C3S includes the standard fixtures and fittings: walk in shower, grab rails, tiling painting, Altro flooring, starts at £23,000. In my calculations that’s about £1,160 per square metre including module construction, fit out, electrics and plumbing but not including groundworks, delivery or installation.

Altro flooring

Altro Flooring can be fitted to curve up the walls -ideal in a wetroom

Running costs of these prebuilt units are affordable too, fully insulated and energy efficient C3S fit UPVC A rated doors and windows.

5. No Need to Move

AND FINALLY, The Best Reason: You stay in your own home with your friends, neighbours, your life and memories around you …. with a new found freedom and comfort.

For more bathroom and bedroom decoration inspiration read my blog posts about HEWI bathrooms and Marianne Shillingford’s Dulux Colour space-creating tips and colour trends.

Then pop over Buildmumahouse PInterest to look at some fantastic bathroom ideas that address mobility issues and are on trend.

 

 

 

 

Going Electric: Ovens

April 22, 2016

… it turns out after 60 years that its good bye to a gas oven that warms your calves after you lean down to open the door and hello to an electric oven with an easy reach grill.

After much debate about how an oven will fit into her new downsized life, my mum reckons she can put up with an electric oven; she will only use one occasionally, but most importantly, when the family visit, she can roast a chicken. So that’s how we came to the conclusion that she needed a full size oven, a half oven was a downsize too far.

Once we had established that we were going electric I had to consider what would fit in with my mum’s physical needs. And that’s how I came up with 3 things that I need to find in an oven to change her mind about cooking electric

  • install the oven at worktop height
  • an oven door opening side ways allowing full access to the oven
  • controls that are clear and easy to turn for her limited dexterity

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Is this the most luxurious sleep ever?

April 5, 2016

Getting a good night’s sleep is pretty high up on my list of ‘must haves’, having a luxurious night’s sleep is a dream.

The usual gripes are that the bed is too soft, too hard to lumpy but there are lots of other factors, your other half is too hot, too cold, gets up at night, needs a higher/lower bed than you, tosses and turns until the early hours…. Along with the downsizing and age proof living decisions comes the thorny subject of the new bed – couples with different needs considering ‘investing’ in single beds…

I’ve taken a look at beds that can be for singles or doubles that offer a luxurious night’s rest and solve a lot of the demands that all of us have at night time – or at other times; taking a nap or watching tv or reading a good book. Beds that can be raised with no effort to lift and support your legs, to lift your head and shoulders, to sit you up, beds that can be raised up so that getting out of bed is easier, bed frames that has a light that gently shines to help your way at night. All without disturbing your other half. Or as a single bed that genuinely suits you.

I’m talking well sprung mattress plus a mechanised bed frame, and it doesn’t get classier than Treca Interiors. I had a look at their beds and I was  delighted that so many physical (and emotional needs) were addressed and with a serious eye on high quality finish, smooth mechanisms, beautiful design and luxury finishes.

Treca Interiors Platinum Supercad bed base

 

50 years ago,Treca Interiors Paris developed their first articulated bed base called the CAD: Couché, Assis, Détendu : sleep, sit, relax. Now their range includes the Supercad with a travelling base that lifts your head and also slides back to close the gap between the headboard, and also the Trecaflex M5 that has suspension slats and pocket springs for added comfort and support beneath the mattress.

The Supercad is the top of the Treca Interiors range, it has four silent motors that smoothly move five independent sleeping surfaces. Everything is made for comfort and reliability: a “travelling” system slides the the frame and enables you to remain near to the headboard when your head and upper body are raised in the reclining position.

All of this is controlled by a radio remote control rather than a control attached to the bed.  Using the control you can adjust the bed frame so that you can find your ideal position and if you get muddled up with all that, don’t worry your favourite three can be memorised in the control. I love that you could also programme it to control other electrical appliances such as your tv and even your bedroom lights – fewer remote controls on your bedside table to rummage through.

Motorised Bed Lift

Motorised Bed Lift

The Supercad has three useful extras that are also remote controlled. Firstly, there is a heating pad that can be placed on the mattress at your legs. As with everything that they do Treca produce these using high tech heating elements and finish it in luxurious fabrics.

Secondly, there are motorised bed legs that can be added to the adjustable bed frame and allow either mattress to be lifted and lowered using the remote control. This is a real help in the mornings to get out of bed, or lift the bed up to make getting into bed easier for you. I like this feature because it means that once you are in bed, your half can be lowered to match your other half’s.

And thirdly, there is the ingenious ‘why I didn’t I think of that’ feature: soft downlights on the edge of the bed that shine down to the floor, lighting up your path in the night as you walk past the bed – no need to put the bedroom lights on and you won’t disturb your partner’s night.

All of this plush upholstery and high quality engineering is topped off with a range of specialist mattresses designed to use with the Supercad bed and made from the finest materials, put together with traditional craftsmanship. Silk, Horsehair, Alpaca….

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Put together by hand….

making the mattress

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and just when you thought it couldn’t get any more luxurious, embroidered details and all finished with a customised topper…

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Treca Supercad combine high quality engineering and luxury hand crafted mattresses to provide supreme comfort. Their styling, attention to detail and flexibility make you realise that these beds are not only for the elderly or the infirm but are genuinely luxury age proof items for any age. Adjustable beds are ideal for resting, relaxing and sleeping well and for couples, genuinely accommodates both sets of needs. If you are planning to downsize, this could be your new bedroom splurge! Have a look at the video:

 

The Outdoor Shower That’s Very Welcome Indoors

December 6, 2015
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I recently had the opportunity to see a number of new showers that have been launched at CP Hart showrooms in Waterloo, London. I’ll let you know just what I think of these new models over the next few weeks.

However, I can’t wait to talk about Jee-O 365 showers. They are a range of outdoor showers and basin tap controls that are beautifully sleek, robust and highly engineered in stainless steel, but have clever and refined design with controls that are easy to use by anyone.

According to Jee-O, this range has been installed in amazing locations such as the Maldives and Los Angeles but I think they could be just fantastic in a UK indoor wetroom. They are made up of one freestanding unit and a minimalist wall mount, so they look sleek and modern. Personally, I love the urban styling and think they would save space in any size room. The controls are actually part of the unit and are beautifully designed. I had a go with them and they are very easy to use and easy to grip by anyone young, old or with soap or sand in their eyes!

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Jee-O seem to be bringing a fresh approach to outdoor showering and bathrooms in general. The driving force behind the company is Lammert Moerman a product designer and, rather unexpectedly, former Dutch BMX champion. And if it seems a stretch from hurtling round on a souped-up Chopper to manufacturing bathroom installations, the secret is in the engineering: cycles require the sleekest design combined with the greatest performance – Moerman simply couldn’t see why the same principles shouldn’t to be applied to bathrooms.

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My favourite shower in the range is Jee-O Original Freestanding Shower Mixer. I know it’s been designed and specified for use outdoors, by the hot tub or pool, but not many of us have those and I’d love to see one of these freestanding showers in my indoor wetroom. I like that it’s just one unit and it’s attached to the ground, leaving the walls clutter free. But most of all, it’s the design of the controls that appeal to me: easy, clever and witty. An inbuilt stainless steel chunky ring replaces fiddly taps and with a very user-friendly positive and smooth action controls temperature and water flow.

And in a brand-focused piece of design, Moerman explains that elements of the shower and controls have been inspired by the company’s logo:

“The “J” stands for the iconic shape of the shower … that looks just like an upside down “J”. The “O” stands for the characteristic ring or button that regulates the shower gradually from closed to open, from cold to hot.”


Clever stuff, and I can’t see Triton pulling that off!

Another version of this model worth mentioning is the Jee-O Original Freestanding Shower Mixer And Handshower where a hand shower has been integrated. I was really pleased to see this option, as it would be perfect for children or anyone in your family who needs the flexibility to sit and shower.

In this range there is also a matching basin mono mixer, a chunky spout with a ring control built in – again easy to grip with soapy weak hands – full control of the water flow and perhaps more importantly, temperature.

The second highlight for me is the Jee-O Soho Progressive Freestanding Shower Mixer Hammercoated Black Matt shower. Moerman explains that the inspiration was from urban cool Soho of the New York district rather than London’s Bohemian quarter. Like the rest of the range, this model is cast in stainless steel but this one has a hammer-coated black matt finish that gives it a tough, Batman meets jet-fighter look. I love the styling – it’s bold and thorough, with Jee-O detailing around the lever control. Not only does the showerhead take its inspiration from industrial pipework but, surprisingly, it also has a very good shower pattern. It may look like it belongs in the Batcave, but it’s nice to know that Bruce Wayne will have a nice shower in the morning.

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For me, the design of the controls isn’t as innovative as Jee-O Original but I love that the controls are lever handles with a progressive smooth action and that they are coated by a rubber skin – reduced mobility friendly and always warm to the touch, which is great for anyone with arthritis. I love the urban cool look and think this one would be stunning with Gotham City Metro tile work.

I’m so pleased to have discovered this range – this blog isn’t a month old and already my quest for stylish, future-proof home fittings is bearing fruit!