Brod’s ambition was to create a home that would fulfill his wheelchair accessibility requirements without compromising on style.
The treasure hunt (and conversion legality nightmares) paid off and he found the perfect project — an old piano factory. It was love at first sight!
The fabric of the building, and the furniture within, has been selected for durability as well as style. It is all almost impossible to damage. The new oak floor on the first floor was left unprotected for much of the build to give it a lived-in feeling. Brod found it very liberating to let go of the fear of damaging a finish or surface and embrace scratches and scuffs as part of the life story of the building. The element that has really made his movements in the house effortless is the pulley — he designed it himself. The lift can effortlessly transports him from one floor to another within seconds. A video of the lift in action can be viewed here.