But his wife Karen says the building is uninhabitable while their garden is “unsafe” to even walk into. Steve, who suffers from stage four kidney failure, is sleeping on a hospital bed in the dining room in their cramped house shared with two of their children and three grandchildren. Karen claims: “Steve feels like a prisoner. This work was so important.
“He’s having to spend half a day in hospital, three times a week, to have five hours of dialysis each time – which leaves him really dizzy for the rest of the day.
“He only showers maybe twice a week, because he can’t get upstairs.
“This annexe would have given him a space where he could shower whenever he wanted in the wetroom, and he could “have dialysis each evening while watching TV. But as it is, the annexe is unliveable. We can’t even use our patio.”
The couple were awarded a £30,000 disabled facilities grant to convert a workshop and claim Tennants Trades Ltd quoted £26,400 and started last August.
But the family alleges the builders left after receiving £20,000 and then demanded another £14,000.
Karen claims: “We don’t have that much left in our grant.”
But Silas Tennant, owner of Tennants Trades Ltd, claims: “I worked for several weeks for free until I ran out of money and had to stop. I have been damaged by that family and have ended up with serious anxiety. I don’t want to talk about it.”
The couple from Manea, Cambs, say Fenland District Council should have overseen the work.
But a spokesman said: “It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure their building works meet required standards.”