John's home modification

John’s home modification involved design of the kitchen, bathroom, laundry, bedroom, carport, entrances, back verandah and interior doorways. 

John and his father
John and his father were pleased Home Modification Victoria overcame structural challenges to make their home accessible.

“I grew up in this house so it was important for me to stay here. But at first it seemed impossible due to the sheer number of changes needed.” — John

Since engaging Home Modification Victoria to manage the design and construction of extensive home modification, John is delighted with the outcome. John’s home modification involved changes to kitchen, bathroom, laundry, bedroom, carport, entrances, back verandah and interior doorways.

The Home Modification Specialist also facilitated council approval, building permits, engineering consulting, and the appointment and supervision of builders.

John believes that Home Modification Victoria provided great design solutions with a vision for a new floor plan that enabled him to remain in the home by meeting the architectural challenges.

Home Modification Victoria also assisted John to make design choices he was really happy to live with.

“People like to have a home they can be proud of, at the same time it must meet their physical needs,” says project manager Aaron Stowe, Home Modification Specialist. “With this in mind, we always consult closely with the client about preferred design colours and finishes."
“We also consider the need for building work to comply with the building code and with AS1428.1 standards for access and mobility as required for each individual.”

John’s new kitchen features accessible bench space with rear set plumbing to accommodate access to the sink area. The style of the tap ware and cupboard handle makes the kitchen easy to operate. The pullout pantry, full extension drawers and carousels provide ample accessible storage.

Appliances include a side-opening wall oven and induction cooktop. In the laundry, a pedestal sets the front-loading washing machine and dryer at the perfect height.

Aaron worked closely with John’s occupational therapist, who provided measurements and specifications for details such as the height and depth of benches and pedestals.

“Measurements differ for every individual,” says Aaron. “We incorporate all the data into our documentation and work through a few design versions to get it right for the client. I think it’s important for people to know that accessible homes don’t have to be clinical, and can in fact be beautiful.”

“The bathroom is my favourite space — it’s big and looks great.” says John. “I especially like the floor tiles, because I really didn’t want vinyl.”

John chose a large format grey floor tile with an R10 slip rating for the kitchen, laundry and bathroom, and a low-pile dark grey carpet for the living area and bedroom.

The new bathroom allows John complete independence in personal care, with the widened doorway, stepless shower, custom heights for grab rails, inverted T-bars and toilet, and long shower hose for maneuverability.

Stepless thresholds provide seamless access throughout the house, and large sliding doors to the exterior bring light into rooms and create views to the garden.

“We’ve achieved a lot,” says John. “The house looks better than it did before, which is something I never expected. I’m still in my own home and I’ve got my independence back.”

Before and after

John’s home modification involved extensive structural and design changes to the kitchen, bathroom, laundry, bedroom, carport, entrances, back verandah, interior doorways. 

The house looks better than it did before, which is something we never expected.

— John, Home Modification Victoria client.