Katherine Simmons and her son Kyle had to significantly modify their family home after Kyle suffered a brain haemorrhage at 12, leaving him in a coma and needing multiple surgeries. Following treatment, Kyle defied the odds, though he now requires round-the-clock care at home, with live-in carers also needing space. Their previous home, adapted to meet Kyle’s needs, became inadequate for their growing requirements.

Through the Self Build Wales website, they secured a plot in Pentyrch with planning permission. Working with a local architect, Katherine designed a house tailored to their needs, providing separate living quarters for the family and carers. Completing the construction, they now have a custom-built home meeting all their requirements.

Katherine expressed her gratitude, stating: “This is an absolute dream home for both of us – at our former property, it was difficult to ensure all of Kyle’s care needs were met while also giving us space and privacy…It’s been completely life-changing for us both, and for Kyle’s carers – we couldn’t be happier with the improvements that are in place. We’re really grateful to Self Build Wales for all the support, advice and funding provided and would absolutely recommend them to anyone thinking of a self-build project.”

Emma Phillips, operations manager for Self Build Wales, commented: “Knowing that we’ve been able to support a family with specific and complex needs is heartening, and we’re glad we were able to help them every step of the way.”

Self Build Wales aims to facilitate self-build and custom-built homes in Wales, removing barriers and uncertainties. Minister for Climate Change, Julie James, encouraged landowners with suitable land to contact the Self Build Wales team to support people in Wales in building their own homes.

Self Build Wales, a £40 million Welsh Government-funded scheme, supports custom and self-build homes, covering plot value and building costs. The scheme recently expanded to allow applicants to use their own land or find available land independently. It is open to anyone wishing to build their own home in Wales.

For more information, visit selfbuild.wales

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