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    converting detached garage into granny flat for mum HELP!!!
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    • 16th Jun 11, 12:14 PM
    converting detached garage into granny flat for mum HELP!!! 16th Jun 11 at 12:14 PM
    Hi, I have NO IDEA where to post this but am REALLY looking for some help.
    OK, basically my Dad is very ill, he has between months and a year or so left to live. He has been ill for about 28 years, during this time my mum had to give up work and became his full time carer. Previous to this she was a statistician in the health service but she has now not worked for over 20 years.
    During this time my mum and dad have struggled financially, they had 2 young children to raise etc. (my dad went blind and had first heart attack when I was 2 and my sister was 4 months old)
    My Mum didn't want me and my sister to miss out on the life she felt we should have had if this hadn't happened to my dad, and to facilitate this, rightly or wrongly, she amassed a LARGE credit card debt. Neither of us knew about it until about 6 years ago and I still don't think we know the full extent.
    She has had the interest on them frozen but I know it has been very stressfull for her, they do own their house outright so she can't put in for bankrupcy or do that 5 year thing or she will lose this, I think.
    Anyway, basically at the minute her and my dad are looking at selling their house and "down-sizing" to a flat or a cheaper bungalow. Obviously at the minute its not the easiest time to sell.

    My husband and I have been discussing this, and although this seems like a good idea now, it would allow mum to clear all her debts etc, when something does happen to my Dad I am really concerned about what will happen to her. Because of my dads problems they have lead a very secluded life for 20 years now, she has maybe 2 friends but no real social life and personally I feel that when something happens to my dad, expecting her to go get a full time job and just suddenly live on her own etc is just, well something that she doesn't deserve.
    She paid into her pension for about 10 years with the NHS and when she turns 65 (4 years away) she will be entitled to a lump sum of about 7000 and then a low monetary payment each month. I am not sure how much. Obviously her carers allowance etc will stop immediately so she will have to go and get a job, however I think that working part time would be enough for her.

    anyway, Me and the hubby would also like to not leave her living alone for the rest of her life, again she just doesn't deserve it. We have a nice house that we plan to live in for at least teh next 20 years, and in the back garden we have a detatched single garage.
    Ok our house is not a huge place and we don't have a big double garage but we would like to look into if it might be possible to convert the garage into a granny flat for my mum. Then she and us would still have our independence but she would never really be alone, she would be with us. We are expecting our first child in 5 weeks so by the time this all came about she would have at least 1 grandchild here to play with and we do all get on very well.

    The garage is in the back garden, it is brick built and relatively large for a single garage, it also has a small coal shed on the back. There is room at the back of it where we could extend the building if neccessary. My question is, do you think it is possible to turn a detatched garage into a NICE place for my mum to live? It does have elctric but would need plumbing, heating, flooring etc??? I have looked online and can find very little information on the topic, but a lot of "double garage conversions come up." is it too small? am I kidding myself that we might be able to do this for my mum???

    If anyone can suggest where I might START to look into this kind of a project I would be really greatful. I am hoping the cost of the conversion would be a LOT less than my mum having to buy a new smaller house, the cheapest in our area is about 150,000 so I am thinking a garage conversion would cost what 20-30k? I have no idea, this is just what seems logical in my head.

    It would mean so much if I could do this for my mum, it would mean she could share our cars, we have good access to public transport here anyway, she could eat with us most nights but would still have access to the kitchen and would prob want a little kitchenettte in the conversion for her too?? I'm thinking like a studio apartment type thing. Just want to see if its possible before I speak to her because I don't want to get her hopes up.
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