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Universal Design and Paeroa!

Paeroa township, Artzentao photography

Hauraki District Council is a small council in the Waikato region with just over 20,000 people living in a district that stretches from the shelly beaches of Kaiaua and Pukorokoro / Miranda along the Firth of Thames in Tikapa Moana (the Hauraki Gulf) to the white sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean at Whiritoa.
The Hauraki District like many others in New Zealand has an ageing population. 21.

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One Central by Fletcher Living: Christchurch

One Central by Fletcher Living is a range of desirable, connected urban neighborhoods that are full of energy and spirit, and showcasing diverse urban regeneration. With plans for up to 900 homes, accommodating over 2000 people, One Central will cater to a variety of lifestyles and life-stages.

Half of the homes at One Central are targeted to achieve a Lifemark® 3-Star rating for incorporating baseline accessibility and Universal Design.

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A smile and an Accessible property, what could be better? 😊

A Lifemark® certified home can be life changing, as it is designed to support the needs and independent living of an occupant. But even better it can put a smile on the face of the person that calls it home!

Eight public housing units in Mt Maunganui built for Accessible Properties recently achieved Lifemark® 4-Star Certifications for Universal Design levels that best support an aging occupant with changing needs.

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A home forever connected in the circle of Life!

Max and Tricia Hynds’ dream forever home sits in the stunning back drop of Whitianga Waterways, on the Coromandel Peninsula. The home recently achieved Lifemark® 4-Star certification for displaying Universal Design best practice, but there is so much more to this design than meets the eye!

This is more than just a home; this is an example of the journey of life literally going full circle.

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Miles Construction: On incorporating cost neutral Universal Design into new builds.


Miles Construction Limited are a New Zealand owned company with offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch offering build, design, renovation/extension and project management services nationwide. From small to multi-million-dollar projects, be it commercial or residential.

Mark Farrell, General Manager, believes “New Zealand needs homes that meet Lifemark®’s Universal Design standards and enable all people to live comfortably.

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What makes a good drawer?

For ease of use, Lifemark® advocate for D-shaped handles being installed on drawers in the bathroom and kitchen areas of a home. However, it isn’t just a D-shaped handle that makes a good drawer!

The pulling and opening of a drawer with a D-shaped handle can still require a high opening force for some users.

For a drawer to operate best from a Universal Design and usability perspective, a D-shaped handle needs to work along with a great runner system.

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What will a Multi-level home with Universal Design look like?

Building a home isn’t always a quick and easy process. Sometimes it takes a few years to achieve something beautiful. We recently awarded a Lifemark® 4-Star provisional rating to a multi storey home in Whitianga, Coromandel.

A provisional rating is awarded in accordance with detailed drawings meeting Lifemark®’s initial Universal Design standards.

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Arvida’s Waimea Plains Stage 1 achieves Lifemark® 5-Star

Waimea Plains is an ‘Arvida Living Well Community’ based in Nelson. This retirement community was designed to give residents a unique lifestyle capturing the nelson sun, with gardens, activity centres, and a social atmosphere. This isn’t all Waimea Plains has achieved, all thirty eight new homes in stage one of this development were awarded a Lifemark® 5-Star rating for demonstrating a high level of Universal Design performance.

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Cath’s dream Lifemark® 5-Star Home in Christchurch

Cath, a paramedic in Christchurch, has just achieved a Lifemark® 5-Star rating for her amazing multi storey home with panoramic views to the Southern Alps.

Cath’s dream home (designed by Bob Burnett Architecture) was a long time in the making. She first purchased the section in 2015 after 20 years living away from Christchurch. It has taken 18 months for her home to be completed from the planning stage to her final Lifemark® certification.

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