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Accessibility is in the details

An example of an innovative custom build designed impeccably for residents living with disability, this abode by Shelford Quality Homes provides maximum accessibility for wheelchairs.

“We were so excited to take on this project and work with our clients in creating a family home that accommodates their changing needs,” Shelford Homes Architectural Designer Rui Rosa said.

“The main features built in this wheelchair-accessible home are unique.

”We’ve done intensive research to ensure the house is liveable for every person at any stage of their life, regardless of changing health conditions.”

The four-bedroom, two-bathroom purpose-built home maximises wheelchair accessibility.
Camera IconThe four-bedroom, two-bathroom purpose-built home maximises wheelchair accessibility. Credit: Supplied

The purpose-built home contains four bedrooms and two bathrooms, enabling effortless adaptation and ease of movement.

“Ultimately, we designed and built this project to incorporate a high level of physical access provision for people with significant physical impairment,” Mr Rosa said.

“We also made sure the home design enabled light to bounce through the entire house effectively, with window placements at perfect heights and glass doors that are easily accessible.”

The smaller details have also been considered, with a wide entrance to the home leading off a safe, step-free path from the street.

Combining practicality and a modern contemporary design – the home boasts a modern colour scheme of bright whites and natural wood features, providing a comfortable living environment for its occupants.

The home boasts a modern colour scheme of bright whites and natural wood features.
Camera IconThe home boasts a modern colour scheme of bright whites and natural wood features. Credit: Supplied.

“Our goal was to exude a welcoming and relaxed feeling, created by the visual elements of the home,” Mr Rosa said.

“The clever use of on-trend colours, tones and textures lends the home to be modern and visually appealing.

“New and on-trend light fittings, colour palettes, cabinetry, fixtures, and finishes make this home more a family home and not a sterile special-needs house.”

The well-considered kitchen is a standout – showcasing the small adjustments which can make a huge difference for someone living in a wheelchair.

Unique features include the kitchen island bench on wheels and sink benches, which can be manually adjusted to suit the person using them, whether seated or standing.

Mr Rosa said the home’s fit-for-purpose design features did not end here.

All internal doors and wide corridors are consistent with a step-free design.
Camera IconAll internal doors and wide corridors are consistent with a step-free design. Credit: Supplied.

“All internal doors and wide corridors are consistent with a step-free design, with anti-slip coverings to enable easy access and mobility in and around the home,” he said.

“The residents of this home will be able to easily and independently open and close manual and automated doors.

“The build features a smart home system which can be operated from a tablet or through voice commands for improved liveability and to provide enhanced support to people requiring high physical support.

“Operational devices throughout the home are at dedicated operational height from finished floor levels and are easy to reach for all members of the household.”

In addition, the home’s automation system, used to control the blinds, doors and lighting, can be utilised via a smart device and voice control.

The bathrooms contain the same level of accessibility, with a custom hoist and hobless showers, non-slip tiles and height-adjustable basins just as in the kitchen.

CONTACT Shelford Quality Homes, 9599 1500, www.shelford.com.au

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