Good Homes for Good Lives.

On the road with the Good Homes project

The Good Homes project has hit the road with charrettes in Marlborough, Kawerau and Auckland to test the Repairs and Maintenance Assessment tool.

Marlborough Charrette – Presentation

A charrette is a mix of presentation, workshop and debate to design a product. In this case the product is the Assessment Tool – a room-by-room checklist developed after five years of research – to help older householders identify what work needs to be done on their home and who is the best person to do it.

Kawerau Charrette – Presentation

Our charrette panels included householders, Grey Power, Age Concern, Service Clubs, church groups and support service providers. And their responses included:

“This is valuable for any homeowner, not just older people.”

“It will help relieve anxiety about the state of their houses, which can lead to depression and poor health.”

“It shows householders can improve their homes for less money than they think.”

Kawerau Charrette – Workshop

Marlborough Charrette – Workshop

The Good Homes project is now recruiting 250 householders in Marlborough and Kawerau to test the tool in their own homes. Once results are collated (by the end of the year) we will refine the tool for release in 2012.

The Auckland charrette in November was aimed at housing providers, maintenance services and private landlords with a focus on the needs of older tenants. In the next 30 years there will be an increase in the number of older people who do not own their own home and landlords will need to be more aware of maintenance and repairs issues for this group.

Among those taking part in the charrette were Habitat for Humanity, Auckland Council, CCS Disability Action, the Salvation Army, Disability Resource Centre and community housing trusts.

They tested a Tool that is more detailed and is designed for an assessor with expertise. It comes in two forms: a hard copy booklet to be filled in at the rental property and an electronic Excel sheet which automatically provides solutions, work priorities and ballpark costs based on the assessment.

Comments included:

“There’s a lack of maintenance skills among baby boomers – the age of the home handyman is over.”

“Newly built houses are described as ‘low maintenance’ but they still need to be looked after.”

“The Repairs and Maintenance Assessmetn Tool is valuable for helping landlords and tenants understand their house and empowering older tenants who need repairs done.”

We look forward to meeting up with all of those who took part in the charrettes at the Good Homes summit meeting in April 2012 where we will present the results of the assessments done by voilunteers in Marlborough, Kawerau and Auckland and the final prototypes for the Tools.

Press and other coverage of the charrettes includes:

Kawerau District Council – Community Newsletter (Sept 2011)

Update December 2011: Copies of the presentations from the first Charrette in Marlborough have now been uploaded to the publications page. Look for presentations dated 28 July 2011. The same presentations with minor variations were used at the Kawerau and Auckland charrettes so these have not been uploaded seperately. However if you would like a copy or more information please feel free to contact the research team.