Alan Rogers burst into tears as he first walked into his new house.
For 11 months he has watched it take shape from the outside, but until the last day of the project it was impossible for him to reach the first floor.
While most of the people in his location can wear safety helmets and climb up the ladder to check the work in progress, Rogers can't --
He was confined to a wheelchair.
But on the last day, he saw a better picture than he thought.
In front of him is a huge open space where a high curved ceiling can be seen from one end of the building to the other.
Along the south side, through a huge sliding window, you can see the uninterrupted landscape of the norfolk County Broadcasting Company, which is the promise he got.
Four months later, Rogers recalled: "I am very excited and excited . ".
"It was so beautiful, I immediately picked up the phone and called the builder.
"Although the elevator is the last thing to install, Allen has always been the most important person in everyone's mind since the project.
He has chronic arthritis, and his wife, Jenny, has a weekend cabin in Reedham village for many years and is no longer enjoyable.
They consider making changes, but the best thing is that Allen will limit the use of it.
He wants a home that he can enjoy.
So, after a careful study of the plan drawn up by their architect Knox Bawan from the South
East London, they decided to look for a website to start from scratch.
Alan found an extra barn on the edge of the village, but it took him two years to convince the farmers to sell it.
Now, in a sensitive place, it's in two positions-storey house -
The old barn was demolished and replaced by a new building sympathetic to the surroundings.
Natural wood plates on walls and roofs, alternating wide strips and narrow strips, duplicate windmills and houseboats on wide strips.
From the railway and the river through the swamp it can be seen with smooth, clean lines, which is achieved by hidden gutters, so the eaves seem to melt on the roof.
The project has been very successful and has been shortlisted for the regional award of the Royal Institute of Architects-
The winner was announced on Friday.
The main pleasure for Rogers is that they have a family that Allen created with his disability as a springboard for imagination design in the smallest detail.
The curved walls and corners not only allow him to manipulate the wheelchair easily, but also a pleasure for others.
Handrails and special furniture are detailed into their background instead of sprouting like carbs on doors and walls.
On the first floor, everything about Allen is within reach.
Kitchen, living room, study room and bedroom.
The bathroom is a pod with no sharp edges.
Even the challenge of fixing handrails on glass tiles was finally overcome.
The bedroom at the back can be seen on three sides.
"It faces the east and you can lie in bed when the sun rises," Allen said . ".
The horizontal blinds outside the window give out lovely diffuse light.
My office is open to the corridor, so I can stare at the swamp or move 1 feet forward and stare at the entire length of the corridor.
"He now finds that he has been away from London more and more, but is still working for the business consulting firm he runs with Jenny.
Entertainment plays a big role in their lives, the first floor is the family part of the house with four bedrooms, a playroom and two bathrooms.
Alan found it easy to go downstairs to study for his grandson or play the pool with the guests.
Simon Knox of Knox Bawan explains how an area designed to be a small Abbey cell becomes a sunny, useful space.
"We tried to make the corridor as fun as possible, to get Alan around and to set aside space for others to move around easily around him," he said . ".
"All the bedrooms are open to the hallway and the doors are kept in the grooves within the thickness of the walls.
On the other side, the French door was sunlit on the pastel --
Each bedroom has a colorful wardrobe outside.
"The most important thing is that there is no place in the house that is closed --
Restrictions on Allen, even the garden where the first seed was planted, were not available.
The work of the construction company has won the it awards in the past, but this is the first major project for disabled customers.
"We like to try to understand how people in wheelchairs are walking around, but at the same time it is designed as a family home, a biography of heir, passed down from generation to generation, Knox said.
Options are more limited for many disabled people and their families
It cost 500,000 to build the Holly Barn.
Finding an existing house that suits their needs is often difficult.
Four years ago, Christine, a partner at Conrad Hodgkinson, was in a wheelchair and he set up a website called the roll-in property register, which only advertises for families that meet certain criteria.
"When I asked whether senior partner access for a Western country real estate agency was an important question, he replied that I realized how bad the situation was and that we don't often have people with disabilities.
Even now the agent will send someone to check somewhere and it turns out they can't even get in.
"To address this issue, he has established contacts with a number of realtors who are prepared to identify the right properties at the time of valuation and promote accessible and adaptive housing.
Sheffield's agent Eadon Lockwood & Riddle is the first company to add accessibility features to its website.
"Agents often tell suppliers that because buyers don't like it, they should remove something like a platform lift," Hodgkinson said . ".
"It may take £ 15,000 to install, and the agent should recognize that as well, it will be an emotional investment.
At least give disabled buyers a chance to find the right home.
"In Norfolk, Rogers's house shows how it can be done with good design.
"It's not necessarily plastic --
"Edge trim and terrible mobile AIDS," said Knox.
"Just because someone is in a wheelchair doesn't mean they want a doctor --
The feeling of caring for their home. " www. accessible-property. org.
Lockwood and Riddle: www. elr. co.
UkKnox Bhavan architect: www. knoxbhavan.
Builder: www. willowbuilders. co.
How to make a British wheelchair-
Friendly * existing families can adapt to the use of persons with disabilities.
These are some of the best additions and an indication of the costs involved: * The handrails must be particularly sturdy and can be purchased from the bathroom and from a professional store.
The price starts around 13.
Sometimes additional support within the wall is required, so the fixed cost of brick and stone walls is £ 30;
More for the partition wall.
The tracks are especially important in the bathroom, stairs and bedside.
* The stairs start at around £ 2,500, starting at £ 4,300 and starting at £.
Wheelchair Lift (
Do not use stairs)
It is also an option from £ 8,500.
* The tub with electric rise, drop and swivel seats will take about £ 5,750.
Even some bungalows require additional features.
For example, a platform lift that goes up 3 feet from the driveway to the front door may take £ 5,000.
* It may be necessary to widen the door and lower the handle.
Make sure there is wall space on both sides of the frame and set aside at least £ 500 for each door, including new doors and frames;
If it was a masonry structure, it would be more.
* Persons with disabilities Life Foundation (www. dlf. org. uk)
Extensive advice on existing equipment.