LIVING with a disability, whether because of age or another lifestyle factor, makes life significantly more challenging.
One place where all individuals should feel comfortable is at home, but most properties are not designed with this in mind and home buyers with disabilities often need to be accommodated in properties which do not suit their needs.
This week’s home is a great combination of design, practicality and accessibility.
Located in Strathern, this charming two-bedroom home has a barrier-free design to give access to all people, whether able-bodied or disabled, while keeping a modern, beautiful and efficient design.
Insulation and a heat pump keep the home warm, while plenty of windows allow natural light to fill the space.
The open-plan lounge and kitchen are spacious with many adaptations to make life easier, while worktops and sink benches are lowered with adequate ground clearance for wheelchair footplates.
An adjustable countertop and a roll-out tray below the eye-level oven, enable a safe and easy area for cooking.
The door knobs, switches and plugs throughout the house are also lowered for easy access.
All windows have electronic blinds and the property has plenty of storage room with easy-to-open doors.
Both bedrooms, for example, have a wardrobe with sliding doors and lowered rods.
The bathroom, fitted with sliding doors, is wheelchair accessible with safety bars and space for a transfer into a shower.
The garage has internal access and is wide enough to allow the use of a wheelchair lift or to make an easy wheelchair transfer.
From the open-plan kitchen, the new homeowners will have access to the garden by a ramp, making movement between spaces easier.
This quiet and private section is easy to maintain and offers plenty of opportunities for a keen gardener.
Located in a central area of Invercargill, there are plenty of nearby restaurants, as well as convenience stores, supermarkets, schools and shops.
Price: Deadline sale, 4pm, August 17 (unless sold prior)
Agent: Mike Pero licensed real estate agent agents Chris Peterson, 0274 147 369, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Daryl Spence, 0274 325 911, email@example.com
Open homes: Thursday, August 5, 5.15pm-5.45pm and Saturday, August 7, 1pm-1.30pm