Warwickshire

Wednesday 18th September 9pm Channel 4
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Design engineer Mark Butler, wife Penny and their three young children live in a seemingly idyllic old farmhouse in Warwickshire. But there’s a big problem with the house. Mark is paralysed from the waist down following a motorcycle accident and his home has no accessibility built in. Getting around the house in his wheelchair, using the kitchen and bathroom and putting the kids to bed upstairs ranges from difficult to impossible – and it’s only going to get worse as he gets older. But indomitable Mark, a former Paralympic swimmer, who’s spent the last 30 years developing sports cars and racing bikes, has a radical solution. Along with Penny, they will build a dual-purpose family and wheelchair friendly home on the site of a redundant barn next door.

Their cutting-edge new barn will have accessibility baked into its very fabric – with a drive-in basement, a passenger lift, accessible kitchen and bathroom, step-free flooring and extra wide retractable sliding doors. But building such a unique accessible home over three floors for just six hundred thousand pounds proves a huge challenge. With quotes astronomic, design changes forced upon them and inexperienced Penny made to oversee the project, getting the precision needed to make the house work for both Mark and the family comes under serious threat. Then when personal circumstances suddenly change too, the strain on Mark and Penny becomes almost unbearable.

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Service Company Name
Aluminium Windows and DoorsMidland Aluminium
Building and Plumbing SuppliesBPS Shipston-on-Stour
Builders MerchantJewson – Stratford upon Avon
Electrical ContractorKeith Brooks Electrics – 07976 677 997
Garden FurnitureBramblecrest
Ground Source Heat PumpAlto Energy
KitchenWren Kitchens Limited
LandscapingMichael Twite Design & Landscapes
LiftAritco UK
Main ContractorG & N Loveridge Builders Ltd – 07710 987 657
Original Design and Planning ApprovalArchiwildish Ltd
PlasteringChristopher McFarlane – 07540 597 133
Plumbing SpecialistBloomfield Plumbing
Polished Concrete FloorMPA Liquid Screed Ltd
ScaffoldingAC Scaffolding Ltd
SIPS BuildingsInnovaré Systems Ltd
SolarAlderminster Electrics
Fabricator / Steel and Copper Kitchen TableTalos Group
Steel RoofSteel Roof Installers UK
Trees and FoliageAscott