Flatmates offer tours of the littlest room

If you pay a visit to one Lower Hutt home, don’t be surprised if you’re invited to see the bathroom.

That’s because the house – home to four people supported by IDEA Services – has recently been given a sparkling new bathroom makeover.

“The flatmates are so happy with it,” says Isa Ese, IDEA Services Hutt Valley Service Manager. “They keep saying, ‘Do you want to see the new bathroom? It’s so beautiful.’ I see it every time I visit.”

The old bathroom, which contained a basin, bath, shower and toilet, had been in use for at least 10 years, and needed some attention.

Andrew Hemsley, Accessible Properties Property Manager Central, knew as soon as he saw it that the bathroom needed to be given priority.

“We didn’t mess around, we started looking for the right contractor straight away,” Andrew says.

“It’s not just about price, it’s about finding the right people who will understand and work in with the residents of the property.” Andrew engaged Key Commercial Interiors to do the work and the result is a bathroom that should last at least 15 years.

It’s been refitted as a ‘wet room’ with no steps, making it safe and easy to clean. “It’s all about providing environments that are fit for purpose for the people we support,” Andrew says.

In mid-2019 Accessible Properties had 89 projects planned for IDEA Services residences throughout the country. Most of these are house alterations. By the end of 2019, 20 projects had been completed, 48 were on track and 17 were under consideration.


So proud – (from left) Kane Palmer, Rodney Bond and Michael Wallburton try their new walk-in shower for size.


This story was published in Community Moves. The magazine is posted free to all IHC members.
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