Gunnedah's House With No Steps begins construction on new house for local residents

A modern home awaits the staff and residents of Gunnedah’s House With No Steps after they celebrated the beginning of the construction of a new house with a sod-turning ceremony on Friday.

The new 700 square metre house on a 3000 metre square block, will provide the long-standing disability share home facility with the modern amenities that are required for the current residents and carers.

House With No Steps team member Steve Betts told The Namoi Valley Independent while the current house has served the organisation well over the years a change was needed.

“This is a very exciting day for us that’s for sure,” Mr Betts said.

“While our current house is very much loved and has been great for us over the years, this new place will have an open floor planning for easier access for our residents as well as giving them their own space.”

Mr Betts said a lot of work had gone into getting construction of the new house off the ground.

“It has been quite a process,” he said.

"A lot of work has been put in from a lot of people from within our organisation and the various levels of government as well.

“Also the guys from GJ Gardner Homes who are building the house have been terrific as well, I mean in the space of just today we have already seen most of the framework go up which is impressive.”

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Mr Betts said the house is designed to accommodate five residents and an overnight carer.

“At this stage we are being told that the house is likely to be complete in August,” he said.

“Currently we have four permanent residents and an overnight carer staying in our current house and,  this new facility is for six bedrooms and an office, so there is room to take on another resident if the need arises.

“Honestly though, this is a fantastic result for us and I’m confident when complete this house will be just terrific and we really cant wait to move in.”