Ava Housing Service
Ava Housing provides project management and support services to older homeowners who wish to adapt their home to provide space for a rental capacity. The service is a continuous relationship from the initial adaption works, to finding a suitable renter to managing and collecting of rent on behalf of the homeowner.
The Ava Housing model is predicated on each participating homeowner agreeing to become part of a co-operative scheme that includes the provision of ancilliary services. These services are necessary to ensure that we are creating is a high quality, well-run and controlled housing scheme that does not give rise to unintended consequences in the housing market. We aim to support and to manage the administration and responsibility that might otherwise be a barrier or worry for an older homeowner and their family.
Ava Housing Design
An overriding principle of the design is to ensure that the home is adaptable to the future needs of the homeowner and that this is done in an unobtrusive manner.
By looking at the design challenge through the lens of older people we can ensure that the design will work for everyone. We believe that we are creating a smart ageing design template that meets the evolving needs of older homeowners, incorporating the following criteria:
Existing Ground Floor
Modified Ground Floor
New Ground Floor
The ground floor of the home is remodelled to create a self-sufficient unit for the homeowner. A new accessible toilet with shower is provided and the front reception room is converted to a bedroom. The rear reception room becomes the main living space, and the kitchen, by necessity reduced in size, opens off this area. The homeowner retains direct access to the rear garden from the main living space.
A new door creates a single entry point from the shared circulation space to allow the homeowner privacy and security. Existing doors are widened to improve access for people with limited mobility. A range of universal design upgrades may be applied depending on the particular needs of the homeowner.
Existing First Floor
Modified First Floor
New First Floor
The first floor of the home is also remodelled to create a suite of living spaces. The existing bathroom and rear bedroom remain unchanged. The two bedrooms to the front of the house are converted to a kitchen and living/dining room respectively with a new opening in the wall between the two.
The stairs and hall are space that the homeowner and renter share. A new porch is added to the front of the house to increase the size of the shared space at ground level. The porch also provides a sheltered area immediately outside the door and may include a new seating area to create the opportunity for social interaction between the occupants of the house and connectivity with the outside world.