Building works and future proofing your home – by Oyster Mayfair Ltd

When planning a new build, extension or refurbishing an existing property this is probably the ideal time for most people to consider their future housing needs.

Not everyone likes to consider their own, their partners or parents, old age or the possibility of poor health, mobility problems or even disability in later life. Even if you feel that at present you do not immediately require a lift in your house why not consider keeping your options open by incorporating/ allocating space in your property building plans for where a lift could be sited if necessary at a future date.

The necessary floor space that you have reserved for a possible future lift could for example be used meanwhile, maybe for many years, as a recessed study/ home office office area which you might not need later on when you retire from work. Obviously when drawing up your plans it would be advisable to involve an architect (and maybe a lift company as well) to explore all the options including the floor plan layouts above the ground floor to where the lift would be travelling- i.e. will the lift go up into part of the landing or perhaps straight into a corner of the master bedroom and is their sufficient ceiling height/ head room for the lift on the upper floor or floors of the property. Consideration will also be needed as to how any lift will be supported, will it require a solid wall or will it be supported instead as a free standing structure? Also in the UK depending on the type and location of the lift and also the type of property involved there will be other matters that need to be considered such as building regulations including related fire safety regulations and planning permission.

So in conclusion, the idea of future proofing your home might initially seem like a bit of an effort but it could perhaps save you thousands of pounds in the future by not having to undertake building works/  property alterations later on or even save you the expense and upheaval of having to move out of your family home just because you or a member of your family can no longer safely cope with the stairs.

UPDATE TO THIS ARTICLE (APRIL/ MAY 2020) – Any possible options, including installing a lift, to help elderly people stay living in their own homes for longer, as opposed to having to move out and live elsewhere, might well become more important to many old people and their families in view of any future pandemics.

Here at Oyster Mayfair Ltd we offer free technical advice, free site visits and quotes, so just call us on 020 7183 3606 or email  your enquiries, plans or drawings to us.

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