If you pay a visit to one Lower Hutt home, don’t be surprised if you’re invited to see the bathroom.
That’s because the house – home to four people IDEA Services supports – has recently been given a sparkling new bathroom makeover.
“The flatmates are so happy with it,” says Isa Ese, IDEA Services Hutt Valley Service Manager.
“They keep saying ‘do you want to see the new bathroom? It’s so beautiful.’ I see it every time I visit!”
The old bathroom, which contained the full suite of basin, bath, shower and toilet, had been in heavy use for at least the last ten years, and definitely needed some TLC.
“The lino was coming away, the walls were peeling, there were some really yucky stains that just wouldn’t scrub out,” Isa says.
Andrew Hemsley, Accessible Properties Property Manager - Central, knew as soon as he saw it that the bathroom needed to be given priority.
“We didn’t mess around, we started looking for the right contractor straight away,” Andrew says.
“It’s not just about price, it’s about finding the right people who will understand and work in with the residents of the property.”
Andrew engaged a company called Key Commercial Interiors, and the result is a bathroom that should last at least 15 years.
It’s been refitted as a “wet room” with no steps, so staff can hose it down to keep it clean and safe.
“It’s all about providing environments that are fit for purpose for the people we support,” Andrew says.
Now the new bathroom is so pristine, “the flatmates are a bit scared of getting it dirty!” Isa says.