Despite being fans of the TV series, retirees Jo and David Wright had never contemplated taking on their own Grand Designs-style project, until they found themselves in need of a wheelchair-friendly house.
Following an infection in her spine, Jo found herself in need a more accessible home. The couple raised their three grown-up children, Lizzie, Sally and Tim, in a six-bedroom, four-storey Edwardian house in the Hampshire countryside.
No longer suitable for Jo’s needs, the couple started searching for a single-storey property, but couldn’t find anything they liked. They then investigated the possibility of extending their home to create a wheelchair-friendly ground floor.
‘Building an extension would have left me cut off from everyone,’ Jo explains. ‘I wanted to be able to go into every room and be entirely independent.’
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