Builder goes ex­tra mile

The Weekend Post - Real Estate - - Real Es­tate - BIANCA KEE­GAN

A CAIRNS builder has gone above and beyond to meet the needs of an Edge Hill res­i­dent.

Del Childs was di­ag­nosed as a walk­ing quad­ri­plegic more than two years ag, which prompted her search for a new and more ac­ces­si­ble home.

With her hus­band Mike, Ms Childs in­spected a MiHaven dis­play home in Par­ra­matta Park that in­spired her to build a wheelchair-friendly prop­erty.

“It was not just the good look­ing aes­thet­ics, en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and high level of build­ing sus­tain­abil­ity that Del was drawn to,” MiHaven di­rec­tor Sarah Mort said.

“It was the pos­si­bil­ity of adding her foot­print to our de­sign phi­los­o­phy. I did not know at the time, but Del had par­tic­u­lar needs that a stan­dard home could not meet.

A few years back Del was wa­ter­ing her plants on her bal­cony at home and slipped and had a ma­jor fall caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to her spinal cord.”

Un­for­tu­nately, Ms Mort said the com­pany was not build­ing in Edge Hill at that time.

But 12 months later a large block on Glen­lea St in Edge Hill was listed for sale.

“Long story short, we bought this prop­erty and built Del and her hus­band Mike their new MiHaven home,” Ms Mort said.

“It took 18 months (in­clud­ing an eight-week build) to make Del’s dream come true.”

Ms Childs said she was shocked the con­struc­tion com­pany would go to the ex­tent of pur­chas­ing the Glen­lea site, sub­di­vide and build a new home specif­i­cally for her needs.

“A ramp was in­cor­po­rated into the house de­sign so now I can use my walker or scooter to carry parcels into the house and my wheelchair-user friends can visit,” Ms Childs said.

“The de­sign in­cluded ex­ter- nal power points on the ve­randa so that I can charge my scooter.

“All of the door­ways are wider to al­low for wheelchair ac­cess.

“Both the en­suite and guest bath­rooms have enough room for wheelchair ac­cess and grab rails have been in­stalled in the toi­let and shower ar­eas.”

Han­dles on all the cup­boards and draw­ers were also cho­sen for Ms Childs to be able to hold and open with­out dif­fi­culty.

“We re­ally liked that Mihaven em­barked on the house build­ing jour­ney with us,” Ms Childs said. “It was no trou­ble for them to source or re­search spe­cific ma­te­ri­als or prod­ucts for my needs.”

A spinal cord in­jury changes your life in an in­stant, for­ever Del Childs


FUNC­TIONAL DE­SIGN: Del Childs (left) with MiHaven di­rec­tor Sarah Mort in the pur­pose-built Edge Hill home.

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