Accessible home in Tauranga
This property was built to Lifemark™ standards to cater for a lifetime of family enjoyment for Neil Cudby, his new wife and their future family.
The family soon came along – Neil and Sarah have two daughters – and their home is delivering everything they hoped it would.
Neil, now in his 40s, has used a wheelchair since a rugby spinal injury as a 17 year old – an injury that left him tetraplegic. The accident also created a desire to build living environments for people with differing levels of mobility. And so, Cudby Homes was born, with its intent to go the extra mile to ensure its homes provide universal functionality, without compromising aesthetics.
At Neil’s place, for example, doorways are wide, door handles, cloak hooks and light switches are low (which suit the children too), the bathroom is spacious with a wet area rather than cubicle, and the pantry is a size he can wheel into, and he can access the oven, microwave and kitchen sink.
“I can cook and I can do the dishes. I can manage,” says Neil, who has limited movement and no feeling in his hands.
There are also multiple accessible entrances to the home.
“I want to get around and out and see where my girls are playing, and I want to greet people at my front door, and see them out. So obviously solely wheelchair access from the garage – which is often the case in homes – is not what you would find in a Cudby-designed home, or a home with Lifemark™ standards.
He says the importance of having a home base that works for him cannot be over-emphasised.
“It’s a primitive need to have shelter over your head and we make it feel and function in the best possible way. It enables people like me to go out my door happy and healthy, and better able to contribute to the community.”