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is there room to put a lift in the house? that way you keep the space for your storage though it will make the rooms it is fitted smaller as they can be quite big, only other thing would be to see if you could raise some of the costs yourself and suggest to the council if they do it how it would suit you then you would pay any extra cost as this would increase the value on your house whereas using your garage wouldnt do much, if they could do the lift option they could look at building over the garage so your son would actually have his own place as when he gets older he would need the independance. i am not sure if things would be different when he got to 18 as then you go from being his parents to his carers and you could use the reasoning that its cheaper to do that than adapt a flat of his own if he still needs you close
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sorry we are in opposite problem where our council wont help us because matt isnt in a wheelchair yet a girl with same condition but is in a wheelchair is offered a 5 bed house for her and her mum plus all her collections as she is a hoarder hehehe
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hi corrine

cant make the rooms any smaller by putting a through lift in - already considered it. the garage is built over already - it has a bedroom and the family bathroom in it (we converted from a 3 to a 4 bedroom house 7 years ago when our 3rd child was born)

Sorry your having problems getting it sorted out. We have suggested that we add to the cost of the changes - but right now the £650 architect fees (to draw what we would like) is beyond our budget.
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Why turn down the changes though if they are needed?
Surely even with the changes made it would create some extra space which is better than the current situation for you?
What does your husband store in the garage?
Carpets i believe?
Could he not leave them in the van and then put a drive barrier on the drive to prevent the van being stolen?
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because our business insurance would be invalid for a start - the tools of his trade would not be covered if left in the van, the wheelchair isnt covered if left in the car and fishing tackle isnt covered in the van.

When you start and add it all up it a hell of a lot of money to pay out for theft - and once the local thieves start they would come again if there is no where else to store them. There is not enough room to park the van on the drive (it has to stay on the road)

i have no other place for the washing machine or freezer - do you suggest that i dont have either? (the council dont care if there is no where else)

the extra space would make for a very hard existance if we had to keep replacing the items mentioned - because insurance doesnt cover the theft.

the space is needed but so is the storage - after all its why it was built. and then there is the inconvienience (sp?) of lawnmower through the house, coal deliveries, no access onto the back garden except through the house. Little things that make life easier - like being able to take the hose pipe through the garage.

We didnt ask for our son to become disabled, it was a complete shock to us when it happend, we havent been expecting it to happen - we lived an able bodied life before this and now we find ourselves in a very hard situation. But we are a family of 5 living in the house, not just a disabled person living here.
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i think all the posts here were suggestions and aimed to try and offer alternatives based on not knowing the full picture, nobody is saying that you have to do without your washer or freezer apart from the council and as you say there is a whole family that need to live in the house not just your son, have you tried speaking to your local councillor to see what compromises could be done?
i think there are a lot of people in here that started off as able bodied families and ended up with a shock and having to deal with a very hard situation. that is one of the reasons this group was started so we could all help each other
sorry we couldnt help you with this problem hope we will be able to help if you need any support in other areas anytime
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