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first_imgKylie Burger and her husband are selling their home at 68 Victoria Street, Balmoral which is architecturally designed to help cater for their son’s special needs.There are challenges with any architectural brief, but when it comes to designing homes for disabled or elderly residents, a clever approach can bring stunning results.Twohill and James Architects’ director, Emma James, said more and more owners were factoring in special needs and the ageing population as part of new house construction.“There’s this whole idea of intergenerational living and inherent flexibility in houses these days,” she said.Ms James said, in many cases, solutions enhanced the value of a house. She said, for example, rooms that were visually connected were important if a family member needed constant supervision. “You might also make corridors wider to facilitate the movements of wheelchairs,” she said.“You might want to have flush thresholds to the outdoor spaces which is actually nice design anyway, blurring the lines between indoor and outside.”Ms James said when done right, homes that appeal to ageing or disabled residents will appeal to a wider range of buyers too.“If they’re (owners) actually considering these things, surely there’s enough other people considering them as well.”Kylie Burger and her husband, Ruan, are selling their home at 68 Victoria Street, Balmoral. The kitchen’s sliding safety screen and metal curtains add to the homes high-end architectural feel.Rather than window blinds with hanging cords, Mrs Burger chose window film to filter light with printed art and quotes adding to the bespoke feel.“It’s a beautiful soft feeling like an old time movie screen,” she said. 68 Victoria Street, Balmoral is beautiful from the outside and striking from the inside.Their home’s stunning ‘industrial glam’ design conveys high-end with the sort of eye-catching details buyers love.What many haven’t realised is some of the home’s bespoke elements cater to the needs of the couple’s seven-year-old son, Kyan, whose genetic condition presents physical and mental challenges.Mrs Burger said considerations such as main living on one level and compartmentalised but visually connected safe spaces are part of the home’s general appeal.“Instead of a traditional garage, we wanted a carport because we wanted to use that as a kind of outdoor play area,” Mrs Burger said. “It’s not a good day if you’re stuck inside and there’s nothing for Kyan to do.” More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoIn addition, there are beautiful elements that make the home more robust. “The door handles we imported from France — they’re a fine cut of handle but they’re in steel.”One standout feature is the sliding kitchen safety screen. Mrs Burger said they wanted something that was aesthetically pleasing and childproof.“It’s made out of perforated metal and, with the old exposed tracks at the top, it’s very industrial.“It gives you that safety from boiling water, sharp objects and glasses.”Another item was durable mesh metal curtains which stand up to punishment.“They’re aluminium and made in Spain — they give a beautiful filtered light effect.” Windows have printed films to filter light and add to the bespoke feel.It has created a home that works for their family, but is also a great place for visitors to discover. “You need more than one visit to take everything in,” Mrs Burger said. “I like the fact you have to slowly peel the layers away.” The five-bedroom home is listed through Darcy Lord of Place.It will be auctioned on September 2 at 2pm. Mr Lord said significant time and energy had been put into creating the home.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair or Facebook at Kieran Clair — journo Mrs Burger said the homes multiple layers of interest mean there’s always something new for visitors to discover.last_img read more

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first_imgGhana captain Asamoah Gyan scored a thunderous winner and helped to set up another goal to help Al Ain defeat mega-spending Qatari club Lekhwiya 2-1 in the Asian Champions League in the UAE on Wednesday night.Ibrahim Diaky gave the hosts the lead in the 12th minute at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium but it did not prove to be a comfortable half with the Qataris finding an equaliser through Vladimir Weiss before the break.Al Ain were much improved after the break and retook the lead when  Gyan hammered home to give them their first win at their new stadium.The home side opened the scoring when Yassine El Ghanassy won the ball in a tackle on the left flank, before finding Gyan in space who in turn picked out Mirel Radoi.The Romanian hit a thunderous first-time drive from 20 yards that careered back off the post, and though, the rebound evaded Alex Brosque, Diaky was able to side-foot his side into the lead.However there was nothing the UAE side could do as Weiss pulled Lekhwiya level with five minutes of the half remaining. The Slovakian still had plenty of work to do having been found by the impressive Youssef Msakni, but he did it with aplomb as he turned inside Mohanad Salem and without breaking stride lofted a left-footed chip over the stranded goalkeeper Essa.The mood did not lighten at half-time as cameras inside the ground panned to show the watching Omar Abdulrahman in the stands, but the Boss were more positive after the break.Gyan fired an early warning shot but the hosts would have to survive two scares before retaking the lead.The collective heart rate in the stadium was rising by the minute but within seconds of El Ghanassy setting pulses racing with a fine run and shot before Gyan restored his side’s lead.The Ghanaian regained the lead with a rocket that hit the inside of the bar and slammed into the back of the net, thanks to a through pass from Ahmed Barman. As Lekhwiya tried to clear their lines, Diaky nicked in before recycling the ball to Ahmed Barman before the young midfielder produced a fine through ball to set the Ghanaian racing through.Gyan didn’t even need a touch as he powered a first-time effort from the edge of the 18-yard box past Lacomte to hand them the win in the Asian top-flight club competition.last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Kakamega Homeboyz head coach Mike Mururi is confident of finishing third in the 2017 KPL season. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 16 – A head of the 2017 Kenyan Premier League season Finale, Kakamega Homeboyz head coach Mike Mururi is determined to lead the club to their best ever performance by finishing third.Kakamega Homeboyz, who were promoted back to the Kenyan Premier League last season, have had a commendable 2017 season and in the month of September they finished second in the standings behind champions Gor Mahia. However, they slipped to be dislodged in the second position by Sofapaka to currently sit sixth with 49 points but Mururi, the 2014 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Coach of the Year confidently told Capital Sport they will finish with a bang.“We started with a punch this season but we slipped a bit because of the injuries that we got. It slowed our momentum. We cannot finish second because Sofapaka are unreachable but I am sure of a third place finish,” Mururi said.Kakamega Homeboyz Hedmond Mauda leads goal celebrations after scoring the second goal.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaA third place finish for Homeboyz will be made possible if they win away to Nzoia Sugar at the Sudi Stadium on Saturday and hope Posta Rangers, Tusker FC and Kariobangi Sharks lose their season end matches.“I am going to Nzoia to collect maximum points. My players have morale and I know they will score goals for me in Nzoia. I am going for nothing less than finishing third in the league this season,” the coach affirmed.Mururi, who joined Homeboyz in 2016 from Chemelil Sugar, said after the season, he will immediately embark on building a solid team that will challenge for the KPL title in 2018.“I will reinforce my team in pre-season since I want to go for a kill and win the league next season because it is very possible. This season has been our best. As it’s expected during the pre-season, some of the players will leave the club and that means we have to replace them.”Mike Mururi joined Kakamega Homeboyz in 2016 from Chemelil Sugar. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAHomeboyz have been described as a team of meanest defence this season, with statistics showing they are the third team to concede less goals (22goals) with Gor Mahia and Posta Rangers conceding 20 goals each.Forward Jeremiah Wanjala has been outstanding for them this season, having netted seven goals. He was recognised by being named the SportPesa/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya Player of the Month for September.Homeboyz were first promoted to the top flight league in 2015 after topping the then Football Kenya Federation Division One League with 75 points, one point above second placed Posta Rangers who were also elevated to KPL.However, Homeboyz were relegated the same season, but they bounced back immediately in 2016.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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