Sunday, 20 August 2017

An Accessible Home - We've Moved In!!

Hi everyone

I realised somewhere along this journey that I forgot to update and really thanks to winter, selling our current house and the racing back and forth between the two properties I just had NO motivation to complete the blog!
That was really remiss of me as many of you were following this progress with interest and hopefully to learn from our experience.

So let me update you...
A few things to move in

We Moved 3 weeks ago

The big news is that we took ownership of the new house and moved in 3 weeks ago 1 day before our son turned 10 years old

To add to the fun it was school holidays, our house sale had fallen through so we had to get the house ready for open homing again, and I was sick with a bad cold!
It was a bit of a hectic period in our lives. We had to hold off moving in so we could keep our current house open home friendly with furniture.  So we moved camping gear to the new house and had a small amount of food/tea making facilities and started spending a few hours a day just hanging out at the new house getting used to the vibe.  Then all in a rush my Sister and Brother in Law arrived, and the next day the movers were there and BANG! We moved into the new house.

What was the final few months like in the build?

Thats what you all really want to know, as the house progressed it went all quiet and we couldn't really visit the house as it was constantly busy with tradespeople installing gib, painting walls, landscaping the section or generally busy within.  In the final month I was onsite often to give information to the builders on where we wanted rails, the shower seat, the hooks for our sons indoor swings and lots more.  In the last week we had the Occupational Therapist visit and look at the rails, ramp, deck and thresholds to ensure we had to all correct.

Was it a drama? Yes, it WAS!

Unfortunately as we neared the end a series of issues arose which threw us all.  The major stumbling block?  The front door, which was an aluminium prefabricated frame and door.  When we had the deck and ramp installer visit the site to discuss installation he pointed out the door and threshold weren't going to be level and his ramp wouldn't help.  We were shocked! We just hadn't noticed that the frame of the front door wasn't level, we just assumed that our Building Company understood our needs and it was all in hand.  This was late on a Friday when the house was all locked up and the Builders had gone home.  So over the weekend we fretted, and on Monday I organised a meeting onsite with EVERYONE to go over the issues.  It was discovered that the decking contractor was right, the door frame did in fact have an uneven lip all the way around and we were never going to have a level entry.  I got upset, I got angry, I wandered off for a wee cry.  By the time I got back the husband had come up with an idea.  He headed to the prefabricators in his lunchhour and had a long meeting with them where they designed a commercial door frame that would accommodate our front door and provide a level entry.  The building company admitted their mistake and were willing to cover all the costs.  The only issue?  It set our move in date back by 3 weeks. In the end it was a big job to remove the old frame, chop out a large piece of the concrete slab at the front door so that it could be recessed more and allow a strip drain for the new door and any water to drain away.  It took them the best part of two days to replace the door frame and rehang the door, then re-level the inner concrete floor and relay the vinyl planking at the doorway.  But in the end we had a perfect level entry door which our son can easily roll in and out of! We've tested it quite a few times since then.
This was the original frame for our front door that
as you can see is hardly flush

Semantics and Understanding
What we discovered with the door fiasco was that what we considered to be level entry had a different meaning to the building company and builders in general.  To them Level meant NO STEPS, or all on one level, it didn't mean flush, no edge/lip/frame that could stop a ball, wheel or whatever rolling from outside to inside without issues.  They learnt what we meant, we realised we were innocently trusting people to understand our needs and they just didn't get it.  We had to be really on top of it but we hadn't been.  We should've resolved the problem months before but just hadn't spotted it. So we get that now, but it all worked out in the end and we're all happy.
Evan trying out the roll in/roll out fix for the deck through the sliding doors

But do we love the place now?

Short answer? YES!
Its great having all the turning space, the huge bathroom with ease of access between our sons bedroom.  Its been great to take him to the toilet, then into the bath, and then into his bedroom to get dried and dressed and into bed each evening.
Having an internal access garage is great, the wide halls and doorways are fabulous and such a life changer! It took a good week to get used to the light switches being at 900mm high from the floor, which is the Lifemark standard for wheelchair users.  Also the plugs all being at a higher level too. But our son has enjoyed having switches at HIS level.  
All the turning space and room in our main living area is great although we do have to get used to how big the space is and not to fill it up with stuff!
Our son loves the place, he is very comfortable and enjoys moving about, checking things out. 
Just after we moved our son got a newer larger wheelchair and when that arrived we realised very quickly why we designed the place the way we did.  It was obvious the place is made for future growth and is going to work admirably as he gets older.
Before the furniture went in - a great place to practice crawling

Lifemark - FIVE STARS!

Yes, at the end of the build we got the Building Company to send in the final assessment with a few photos from us of the thresholds.  After a bit of discussion from the assessors with my husband they were satisfied that our home met their highest rating and we were awarded the 5 Star Lifemark Certification.  We even have the certificate to prove it.  What does that mean?  Well if you followed other blog posts about us deciding on the Lifemark process you'll know that we have proven our home meets the best standard for accessible and universal house design.  We have hopefully got a place that will continue to work for those principals we were assessed for.

Is there anything we could change?

Well when we started this process our son was quite good at standing transfers and we were working hard to get him self transferring as well.  One of the things we did and still do is help him into and out of the car.  So he with help gets out of his wheelchair and we help him to lift into the car and sit down in his carseat.  There is quite a bit of help needed, and lifting and adjusting, as well as picking up the wheelchair and putting it in the back of the car. Hes now 10 years old, so hes heavy, and tall, and its awkward, heavy and tiring work for anyone helping him.  So we saw the Hospital Car Support team who assess his vehicle needs in the past year as well.  The outcome?  He really should be in a van with a hoist, and his new wheelchair accommodates that, it has places to add tie downs, and a chest harness for travelling in a vehicle.  So we realised that the new house design didn't have a big enough garage with a high enough garage door to allow a high top van and a wheelchair hoist to be used inside.  We groaned at that oversight, but really a year ago we didn't think that was even an option, perhaps that was silly of us, but its too late now.  We think the van will just have to be parked in the drive and the hoist used there when we eventually get around to using it.  Right now he still is helped to get into and out of the car in the garage with no problems.  

Another issue?  its awkward to get out to the washing line, we either have to go out the front door, around the footpath, through the swing gate (no handle he can reach through and use), and then out to the line.  Or it off to his bedroom, pull open the sliding doors, and down the portable ramps we have there which are just a little too low (about 1-2cm?) and down to the line.  Or from the garage where the laundry is, through a standard sized back door, put in a portable metal ramp, and off to the washing line.  But there is also from garage, out to living area deck, down ramp by the master bedroom and along the grass to the washing line (right now thats inaccessible thanks to the weather turning the new grassy ground into a bog).

Then there is the letterbox, and the front door ramp...the footpath off the ramp ends in a 90 degree turn to the left and the letterbox, but there is grass around the letterbox and at the end of the footpath.  So in order for him to get to the letterbox he has to trundle around an awkward (although wide) right angle, down onto the driveway and slide up to the letterbox but he needs to drop his front wheels onto grass in order to open the flap to see if letters are within. The letterbox really needs a handle otherwise he can't open it, it also needs a few concrete pavers to stop his wheelchair sinking into the soil!

But those are minor and all in all the place we designed really well.  I am sure in time we'll think of other things we could've done differently, but right now we are happy to be living in a purpose built home that has at least taken some of the stress off living with a kid with a disability.

thanks for following our journey


Friday, 24 March 2017


Hi everyone

I bet you've all been wondering how this build has been going and I have been meaning to update the blog with where its at right now.  Well we have a Roof! So thats a start.  Its also been waterproof wrapped as we now head into Autumn, so even though its not weather-tight quite yet its still keeping the recent rain off the framing and most of the interior.  Next week the Brick exterior cladding starts, the windows are due, and we are also about to spend time with the electrician deciding on the lights, light switches and power points etc.  I will update a bit more on that further in the blog but first lets do a photo timeline update so you can all go OOH & AAH at it 😀

Photo Timeline

Week One

Week One - Day One - Excavation Starts

Week One - Day 5 - the rib raft floor starts

Week Two 

Week Two - Day 1 - the rib raft framing is down
Week two - Day 3 - the Concrete Slab is done

Week Three

The framing begins:

And Aerial shot taken by our builder showing the frame - it looks so like the plans!

Week Four

Looking at the spot the large sliding doors will go (this is the side of the house)

Looking at the front of the house the lounge windows to the left and the front entrance in the middle

Week Five 

An Aerial view of the trusses for the roof

The scaffolding is up and the roof goes on soon

The front of the house is now starting to look like a house

Week Six 

The roof is done! The waterproof wrap is being done and the
scaffolding will come down soon

Week 6 - Day 5 - the framing for the gib is already
 going into the garage - soon they will start to line the interior

Whats due next?

Well its Autumn here and the weather is starting to settle in so its great that they got the roof on when the weather was better and they will have a more or less dry area to work in.  In the next few weeks they will be pre-wiring the house, starting to put up the battens for the gib (drywall), reinforcing the walls where we want shelving or things hanging from the wall like rails, and obviously the exterior starts to come together.

LifeMark Accessibility and the Electrical Walkthrough

So next week we have the Electrical walkthrough with the Electrician to work out where lights will go, power outlets, heated towel rails and other items.  So the Husband has spent time going through our LifeMark assessment to make sure we have it all in hand and can spend time explaining to the Electrician just WHERE things can go.  

The guidelines are quite specific. For a start, plugs can't be put within 30 cm of the floor. For 'bonus points' plugs should be at a consistent height between 50 and 120 cm from the floor, and for even more points plugs should not be within 50 cm of an internal corner.

Humm... Keeping plugs out of the corners should be fairly easy, but having them all at mid-thigh height in all rooms will be be challenging,

One thing the Husband is keen on is recessed low-intensity lighting in the hall - like what you have on stairs - with the reasoning that we are often up in the night to check in on the boy. The number and placing of these lights has become a bit contentious.  He also worried about the power they would use for awhile - the LED lights are rated at 1W, but the driver losses need to be taken into account. Two 1W lights for 12 hours a day, for a month is about  1kWhr - or 20c of power. per month. Less than a cent a day to not stumble round in the dark every night is well worth while.

Talking of lighting, the location of light switches is also specified in the standard. They should be at the same height as the door handles, Must make sure that the electrician and builder agree about the handle height. We also need to have light-switches at both ends of the corridors, its giving us a small problem as we have three doors entering the end of the hall, so do not have a clear wall space to place the switch on! 

We also discussed including some hard-wired panel heater, which seem like a good idea as they will be low-profile and not obstruct moving a wheelchair around, and avoid having cables over the floor. The downside is we will need to know where the furniture will be to avoid having a heater where we will want to place the bed. It is a tough call, as we tend to have a heater on overnight during winter to help avoid winter snuffles and chills. Not having these also avoids having to decide what wattage heater to install. So a compromise might be to install an extra power point where we might want to hard-wire a heater once we get settled in. 

There is always so much to think about with these things its easy to get overwhelmed!  One thing I still wish we'd considered was removing the wardrobe doors and turning the wardrobe into a recess we can use for 'parking' equipment.  Other families have chosen to do that and it makes sense to have the wheelchair, walker and maybe the standing frame somewhere out of the way.  Of course we are also in the middle of teaching the young man to self transfer to his wheelchair, his walker and possibly the bed.  All this means that the equipment needs to be within easy reach.  No doubt as the house progresses we'll have a clearer idea of all that.

We'll try to update again as the build progresses, thanks for stopping by to view our blog!


An English Tutorial of Finnleys Freya & Kroodie Sweatshirt Pattern - PART ONE

I have been looking for sometime for a good sweatshirt pattern for my son for the upcoming Winter Months.  Inspired by some great hoodies I have seen on Pinterest I found my way to the German language pattern Kroodie which is a variation pattern for the Freya Vest.  Both are designed and sold by Finnleyswelt and can be purchased from their website/shop.

I only discovered after buying them both that the Kroodie only goes up to size 134cm whereas the Freya pattern I brought was for size 140cm and above!
Because my little guy is almost 10 years old but not quite there in height yet (hes probably only 135cm tall) hes stuck in the inbetween sizes, basically a size 134-140cm so I brought the two patterns I needed.  I was surprised when I realised the Kroodie was just a variation for the Freya child vest pattern and only came in sizes 74cm - 134cm.  But nevertheless I can grade the sleeve variation from 134cm to 140cm and above fairly easily.

What was that you said?

So then I embarked on translating using Google Translate the downloaded and purchased  PDF patterns.  It made for some hilarity when I tried to then translate the translation as 'Rubber' was a translation from the German 'Gummi'.  It turned out Gummi was actually elastic (thanks to the picture tutorial in the pattern) and that the tunnel the translation referred to was in fact the elastic casing.  You can imagine my confusion when it said Rubber Tunnel??

I then googled and went a bit silly surfing endlessly on Pinterest in the hopes there might be a tutorial in English.  Either I just chose the wrong phrase or one just didn't exist because there didn't seem to be one out there in Internet Land.  So that brings us to this blog entry.  If you like the look of the Freya Vest with the Kroodie variations (Sleeve & tube neck) but like me aren't a native German speaker I am hopeful my tutorial will inspire you or at the very least fill that gap on the Internet for those that want to make a stylish sweatshirt for your child too.

I must admit those German designers know how to design some stylish clothing for our kids!

Heres some inspiration I found on the internet using the Freya+Kroodie pattern (click on the photo to be taken to the website with more info not in english though)

Stubbielau's beautifully made Freya+Hoodie in size 122cm
Nadelzaubers gorgeous girls variation of the Freya+Kroodie

You'll find plenty more inspiration at Finnleys Gallery page
What the Freya vest looks like without the Kroodie sleeves 

Printing out the Downloaded Pattern

Now its time to start testing the pattern after much fiddling about working out what it is I had and printing out the pattern pieces then sellotaping together it was time to find my sweatshirting and prepare to cut out.  The german language tutorial that comes with the Freya pattern (which is the main one you'll need to make the vest without the sleeves (the standard Freya design)) has a handy chapter printout list on page 5 but unless you're quite good with German you will still need to work out which pages to printout and keep together.  Unfortunately the pages aren't numbered and there doesn't appear to be a legend to help you work out which pattern pieces go with which when sellotaping them together.  So I will try and help you below.  In saying that though page 7 does have a picture with a sort of list to help you work out what to cut and how many pieces.  Again its in German.  But you can sort of work it out.
I am going to be sewing a Freya+Kroodie sweatshirt for my boy so I will be grading the Kroodie plain sleeve pattern (with the ribbed cuff) to a size 140cm to match the Freya vest size 140cm from the other downloaded pattern.  
So going by the cutting list on page 7 and the printing list on page 5, I chose to printout pages 13-24 of the Schnittmuster (Pattern) and pages 37-40 - I am hoping all those pieces will be what I need to make the vest at least! 
I will endeavour to take photos of my piecing the pieces together and showing you the cutting out of the pattern so you too can make sense of it all when the time comes to make your own.

Stay tuned for PART TWO - CUTTING OUT


Sunday, 19 February 2017


Week one, day one - time to excavate the section

Hello and welcome to 2017!

Well we should probably have had an update on all the goings on and hiccups that have transpired since my last post about our new Accessible Home here in Canterbury, New Zealand. But life and Summer Holidays got in the way.  However since the resource consent came through a few weeks ago our build has now started! So we can now update the process as we go along.

Lifemark Update:

We got confirmation at the end of last year that our design and build earned a Provisional 5-Star Lifemark assessment which was both exciting and empowering.  We now know that our design should allow our son to live there happily and grow up without any further adaptations on the house or a new house being built to accommodate him in the future (unless he wants to move out and live independantly from us).
Over the summer our currently 9 year old wheelchair and sometimes walking frame boy grew and is rapidly outgrowing everything, his wheelchair, our car, his bed, his clothing, and in some respects our house! Its almost like this house can't come along fast enough despite the bittersweet regret of losing our little slice of paradise here in rural Canterbury.  So we have had to go through the process of requesting a new wheelchair, a car modification (or if necessary a new van with hoist), a hospital bed, and lots of other new equipment.  Its obvious hes not a little boy anymore but will soon be 10 years old.

Week One of the build and already they have the rib-raft base down

Too late for cold feet:

So our building company confirmed about 10 days ago that the new build was starting and emailed a login to their project management software online.  We popped around late in the afternoon of the first day to see progress on the section and instantly thought "Oh dear look at how small that section is".  We currently live on a section that is 2000sqm+ and this new section is 768sqm so you can see why yes, it is a lot smaller.  That is part of our decision, to down size the section so we can spend less time trying to keep the land from turning into a wilderness and more time giving our son the best life possible.  This house is designed to do that, to alleviate all the space issues, the ability to turn in the corridor, or walk past him in the kitchen, and a better flow and layout for all of us and especially our wheelchair user.  But, as you might imagine after spending 15 years living in a rural town with a large beautiful established garden there is a sense of regret and what might have been, just more realization of what we are leaving behind and all the memories we have made here.
Summer is also giving way to Autumn here so we also feel sad that this is the last summer we will ever spend in this place.  With these feelings is also the building excitement that in almost 5 months time we will be moving into a new purpose built house in a suburban environment within walking distance of schools, parks and the local Aquatic Centre (our favourite weekend space).
School started for the year two weeks ago too so life has quickly got busy and so far we haven't had too much time to even realise the big event ahead of us.  Life, appointments, school commitments, work and day to day events mean some days you forget that they are building a new house for us 8 minutes drive away.  

The New House Begins...

Week Two - Day 1 - Plumbing Services in - reinforcing mesh on

Its now the second week of the build and already the rib-raft slab is 80% complete and when we visited today the reinforcing mesh is on and plumbing for all the sinks, baths, and toilets etc was clearly visable.  It won't be long until the concrete is down and the framing starts.  The project management software is showing the end date of the build to be the end June so we now have an idea of just how quickly this house will be built! This year our son turns 10 years old at the end of July and we can't help but feel thats when we'll be moving into the new house, and what a birthday present that will be!

But does our son really want this change?

Something has been happening to our little man since we started visiting the building site, he often gets teary, clingy and a little upset.  He is non-verbal and talks with an ipad AAC software (see previous blog posts about that) so its often hard for us to understand just WHY hes upset.  He just is.  Often when we discuss the house and moving he gets teary.  We're starting to suspect hes not keen on the move and is starting to get upset at the thought of it.  We will have to sit down with him and try and discuss it with him and with luck he will tell us if this whole process is scaring him and leading to these unhappy moments.  Its going to be a big overwhelming experience for us all and is guaranteed to cause serious upheaval so this is not unexpected.  Just being gentle and calm with him and talk about it as positively as we can we're hoping will bring him around.

More to come...

So keep stopping by the blog and see how our build is going we expect to post more photos and updates as it progresses.


Monday, 19 December 2016

Accessible House Update and Christmas Treat Toppers - FREE PRINTABLE

Hi All and Merry Christmas from all of us!


Thank you to all those that have visited our blog and followed our somewhat disjointed story via this blog.  I will update on the Accessible Home as we progress, but suffice to say its now with the Council awaiting approval of the plans.  We have also started the LifeMark Certification of the house to make sure both ourselves and the Building Company we engaged keep to the Accessibility plans for the house.  One thing that has come out of the process so far is that if anyone asks me of a recommendation for building companies or building an accessible home I would say to ask the company this (not the salesman because they will tell you ANYTHING to get a sale) and when I say ASK the Company I mean ask the Management of the Company whether that be the CEO or whomever is closest to the top.  Ask them "HAS YOUR COMPANY EVER BUILT AN ACCESSIBLE HOME BEFORE?" if they say "YES" then ask: "HOW MANY HAVE YOU ACTUALLY BUILT?" I would then go on to ask them details of how they built it, what level of disability the customer had etc.  It doesn't have to go into personal details its just so you can gauge their level of expertise and UNDERSTANDING.  Its really stood out to us these past few months that the general mobile population seems to think those with limited mobility are probably Old People and their perception is skewed coupled with a innocent ignorance of the way those of us with a disabled person in our care live our lives.  I am sure we didn't get a lot of things right and we'll figure that out once we live in the place.  Its hard having a child that is both mobile and requires a wheelchair to get around.  Its hard trying to meet both needs and often we aren't sure what the future holds for us.
One of the many iterations of the kitchen design
Recently we've started the process for a new bed, a new van (with wheelchair hoist), a new wheelchair, hoists, the housing team to go over the new build and lots of other adaptations.  This is because next year our son turns 10 and he is growing and getting TALL and HEAVY! But mostly its so we can work on HIS independence and so we can bring in Carers and Buddies to help him live his life in the best way he can.  2017 is shaping up to be an interesting year with lots of new adventures for us all.

But onto Christmas and what we've been doing lately...


With a new home looming the finances are a bit tight so we opted to make homemade goodies for our friends and family as gifts.  It was also something our son loves to do, COOKING!
So we have been busily making our famed Creamy Fudge recipe that we have been asked to make for the last few Christmases.With that is each year we try different ways of packaging them.  Last year I think I made Origami Boxes using Scrapbooking Paper.  This year I went for Cellophane bags and Treat Toppers.  If you google or Pinterest Treat Toppers you'll find all sorts out there, some good, some a bit...well... different and not my cup of tea, and then there are plenty you can pay for...either way it was just a little too MUCH to wade through and find just THE one so instead I got busy with the Desktop Publishing Software (PagePlus Starter - I've mentioned it in previous blog entries) and made a topper of my own.  So I thought I would share it with you here:
(requires a Google DRIVE login to open and Adobe Viewer to View)

So Print them out on A4 Paper with your printer, Cut out each one and fold in half then place over the top of your Sellotaped down Cellophane Bag and staple in place (like I have here):

We shoved lots of Christmas Shortbread , the fudge and intend to make White Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Cookies as well then put them all into Tins to take to our friends.

Thanks for Reading our blog and ENJOY!

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

DRAFT-A-LONG - Drafting a Boys Tshirt

Hi All!

I have decided to practice my new skill of pattern drafting and thought others may find it of use too.  There is plenty of tutorials out there that show you how to draft a pattern from a favourite well fitting tshirt.  But my tutorial is a little different.  Its how to draft a Tshirt using a template of measurements.  This tutorial shows you how to draft a Size 134cm (8-10 years) Boys loose fit tshirt with short sleeves.  I intend to follow up this post with a how to sew and how to adapt the pattern as time allows.  But if you ever wanted to make your son a tshirt and wanted a free pattern well try this!

What you'll need:

  • Paper - quite a wide piece you can use lunchwrap like I did or A3 sketch paper or you could use a piece of newspaper or even sellotape together a bunch of printer paper - your choice! It just needs to be wide enough and long enough.
  • A long ruler - I used a 40cm long clear ruler but you may need to have a measuring tape for the longer measurements 
  • Pen or Pencils - to sketch the lines - up to you if you use different colours for the lines and markers

A Drafting we will go:

Step 1:   

Draw a rectangle on your paper similar to the one in the picture.  Measure 21cm across the top, 47.5cm down one side and the other and close the rectangle with another 21cm line.

Step 2: 

Following the diagram make markers along the top line at 4cm, 9.5cm from the left corner and at 6.5cm and 2cm from the right hand corner.  Down the left hand side make a marker at 2cm, 7.5cm, and 20cm.  On the right hand side place markers at 3cm and 20cm.  Join the two 20cm markers with a line across the rectangle.

Step 3: 

Using the same diagram measure across from the left hand 7.5cm marker measure across a line 9.5cm long and from the top 9.5cm marker measure a 7.5cm line that joins to the previous line.  This will be the rectangle that helps you make the curve for the front neckline. 

Step 4: 

Draw a curve like the one shown in the diagram from the left hand 7.5cm marker to the 9.5cm marker on the top line.  The lines you drew in step 3 should assist you in making the curve.  From the 6.5cm marker on the top line measure down 1.5cm and place a marker.  At the 2cm marker on the top line measure down 3cm and place a marker.  Measure across from the right hand lines 12cm marker and put in a marker.  At the 20cm line measure across 2cm and put a marker draw a line that intersects all those markers from the top line to the 20cm line (the green line in the diagram).  At the 12cm+2cm marker measure across a further 2cm and place a marker.  Using the top 2cm marker the line you drew down and the 2cm marker you just made draw a curve that goes from the 2cm marker to the 20cm marker bending in to meet the 12cm+2cm marker as in the diagram.  In order to make the shoulder line measure across from the left hand top 9.5cm marker down towards the right hand 2cm marker but angled down 2cm insersecting the 1.5cm measurement measured down from the top lines 6.5cm marker.  

Step 5: 

For the final curve (the back neckline) you need to measure down 2cm from the top lines 4cm marker.  Join with a curve the left hand sides 2cm marker and the top lines 9.5cm marker curving under the 2cm marker you just made at 4cm.  Mark the left hand line with "FOLD" this will be the centre fold line when you cut the pattern out.  
Finishing off!

To finish off you can retrace the pattern to make a back and front pattern or when you cut out the pattern just trim off to the lower neckline for the front.

You have now drafted a front and back Tshirt pattern!  This pattern (without the sleeves - which will be in another post) can be used to sew up a singlet for your young man as well.  Stay tuned for Part two - drafting a short sleeve for your tshirt.

thanks for reading my tutorial/DRAFT-A-LONG!


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Building an Accessible Home - an update

Hi All

Well its been a full on bunch of weeks deciding on fittings and hard flooring etc.  This will just be a quick update with a warning that when working with Building Companies be sure you ALL understand the requirements.  That what YOU are expecting matches what they are doing.  We have had a hiccup as we proceed with this which has just been a miscommunication.  We wrote on our list of requirements 'Extra Wide Doorways', we suspect we said what width that was (910mm) but as there is a Government Accessibility code that states doorways need to be at least 810mm wide (the door size) the Building Company Designers have innocently taken that Code as the means by which they are designing our house.  So rather than take our requirements they have assumed that we want to follow the "Code" and have designed based on that.
Our assumption was they were following our requirements rather than the code so we never took note before signing of the apparent differences.
So our suggestion would be if there are important features that are non-negotiable (like doorway widths) that you are VERY sure what they are going to be, and that there is an agreement in writing or at least a specified size written on the contract before you sign or pay for it.  Alas in our case nothing was written so we are hopeful they will understand our stance on the extra wide hallways and doors and make the change without too much cost to the overall plan.

If you are interested in the Government Accessibility code and perhaps designing a compliant 5 star home yourselves you can easily look it up here:

You can check out there Pinterest recommendations here:

thanks everyone and keep posted for the next few updates.  I am intending to blog about our choices and design.  We let our son choose the vinyl planking for the main living zone and I would have to say that kid has taste!