The Liffert family has lived in the Woodbridge area for 27 years. They have lived in their current home for more than 13 years and love the neighborhood: great neighbors, safe streets and convenience for work and shopping. Until recently, it seemed as though nothing need ever change. But in January 2016, their adult son, Nick, suffered a catastrophic spinal injury, and everything changed.
They mutually decided that their son would live with them when he was released from the hospital and rehab, and that they would stay put, finding support among the friends and local relationships they’ve nurtured. At the same time, they wanted to create a space that accommodated their son’s disability and his need for privacy and independence.
The Lifferts did not want to alter the front of the house. Required clearances did not allow for increasing the home’s footprint on either side, so the solution was to add onto the back of the house with direct access to a new entryway.
When the Lifferts contacted Custom Home Elements to explore a first-floor master bedroom addition, including an accessible bathroom, we began by gaining a full understanding of Nick’s needs. Once we had determined the specifics of dimensions, mechanical issues and good design for limited mobility, we focused on the quality of materials and workmanship. Permits were issued in April and construction was essentially complete by late July. As you can see, the renovation resolved the twin challenges of limited mobility and independence.
The Lifferts have now obtained the van they need for transportation to rehab and other destinations. They feel blessed by the outpouring of support from the wider community.
We were honored to be asked to help this family adjust to their changed circumstances, and we hope to be part of their story going forward.