Putting the horse before for the cart – Property Friends design Wheel Chair friendly property….removing the need for retrofitting
Property Friends is building its first entirely wheel chair friendly designed house in Trinity Park/Cairns, removing the need and frustration of retrofitting homes for those who are wheelchair bound.
“After designing and building a large number of properties in the area, we felt it was high time that we provided for the Wheel Chair/Disabled Community”, said Uwe Jacobs, Director of Property Friends.
The house layout, completely customised, has specifically been designed on one level, without any steps, even the garage and patio are completely level with the reminder of the dwelling.
We have spend quite a bit to time and cost getting the design right and had several discussions with Ian Chill, Community Development Officer, Cairns Regional Council, who himself being in a wheel chair, gave us invaluable insights into how to optimize the dwelling for practical application. We have gone all out and even considered important issues such as low profile tracks versus sunken rails for the glass sliding doors.
“We find it amazing that there are grants/subsidies available for re-fitting of houses. I.e. re-work for a wheel chair bound person can be subsidised, but as a development we have been unable to find any subsidy or grants that we can access, to make it more affordable for this sector of the community.
Seems crazy when setting things up from the start is definitely the most cost effective way for everyone involved, including the state/government.” Says Property Friends director Uwe Jacobs.
Michael Hoare Builders are the builders. The company has build for wheelchair bound people before and was able to contribute with some excellent design experience. “The number of iterations that we went through was unbelievable, but we insisted that we wanted to come up with a specifically optimized solution for the wheelchair bound community,” said Uwe Jacobs, Director of Property Friends.
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