Kylie 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.
The High Court has tonight heard a last minute challenge by Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty to the Referendum Commission which he says was wrong when it stated that the government no longer had a veto in relation to the European Stability Mechanism.Judge Gerard Hogan will give his ruling on Wednesday morning – a broadcast ban kicks in later.The Donegal TD’s lawyers said that the statement was seized upon by the media and has had a major impact on public understanding of the issue. Latest polls show 60% of people in favour of the Stability Treaty – with 40% against, though No campaigners believe many of those who haven’t decided will vote No on Thursday.Doherty’s lawyers say the impartial Commission blundered in its assessment which was later corrected on its website but claims it failed to properly publicise the correction.Minister for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton accused Sinn Féin of making a mockery of the legal system.She described the legal challenge as “a cynical and frivolous and a pathetic attempt to garner attention” before the media blackout, which is due to kick in at Wednesday lunchtime. Earlier Gerry Adams explained the reason for the legal move.You can read that it here:PEARSE DOHERTY LEGAL CASE COULD HALT REFERENDUM JUDGE TO DELIVER VERDICT ON PEARSE DOHERTY’S LEGAL CHALLENGE ON REFERENDUM was last modified: May 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:JUDGE TO DELIVER VERDICT ON PEARSE DOHERTY’S LEGAL CHALLENGE ON REFERENDUM