Our customer from Nottingham got in touch with us as they wanted some ideas for a garden retreat where they could relax and enjoy their garden from, which would also be suitable for a wheelchair user.
They were unable to visit our show centre, so a member of the team from our Nottingham site arranged to meet our customer at home so they could measure up the space the customer had available. After accessing the space, our Nottingham sales advisor recommended a Blakeney Summerhouse, measuring 3.0 x 4.2m to allow enough room for our customer to manoeuvre their wheelchair around inside.
Our Blakeney Summerhouse has a distinctive chalet-style design with an apex roof that features a charming overhang. It also has double doors included as part of its design, which have an opening that is wide enough to accommodate our customer’s wheelchair. The Blakeney comes unlined as standard, making it the ideal summertime retreat, however, our customer opted to have the walls and ceiling lined and insulated to make their wheelchair-friendly summerhouse suitable for use throughout the year. They also chose to add our electric pack as extra to supply the building with power and lighting. As our customers get to choose the placement of the plug sockets included with the electric pack, we were able to place them at the perfect height for our customer to use while sitting in their wheelchair.
This wheelchair accessible summerhouse has smooth shiplap cladding that has been coated in the blue-green shade of Verdigris from our Exterior Paint System, complementing the surrounding greenery beautifully.
After our expert installations team delivered and installed the Blakeney, our customer’s landscaper was then able to incorporate it into the design of our customer’s wheelchair-friendly garden by laying a purpose-built patio area that includes a shallow ramp up to the threshold of the building. The landscaper has also added a small ramp on the inside so that our customer would have easy access coming in and out of their building.
To ensure that the building’s structure and rigidity were not compromised, the landscaper ensured that they left a shingle-filled French drain between the patio and the building. We recommend that any building placed on a hard surface has a French drain as it will help to protect the timber from any water damage as it is designed to make sure rainwater runs away from the building. It also allows room for the expansion of the timber when it gets warm in the summer months.
Here at Crane Garden Buildings, we can tailor-make your garden building to suit whatever your needs may be. If you would like to discuss your requirements with one of our friendly advisors, you can visit us at one of our UK show sites, or alternatively, you can contact us via telephone on 01760 444229. We offer a no-obligation site visit for all our customers to help you measure up the space available and make suggestions on the perfect building in the right size for your garden. If you would like to take us up on this offer, please do get in touch.