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DIY Home Modifications: Point-of-Sale Support for People with Disability and their Carers Positioning Paper

Authors: Bleasdale, M., Bridge, C., McNamara, N., Zmudzki, F.
Published: 6th August 2014
Audience: Authors, Consumers, Government/NGOs/Peaks, Industry, Librarians/Researchers/Students
ISBN: 9780733435058


Despite a vast amount of research into home modifications in Australia and their benefits for government and individuals, there exists a significant knowledge gap about home modifications that are undertaken outside of government-subsidised schemes. This project investigates a previously overlooked area of home modifications research, to examine do-it-yourself (DIY) home modifications and expand upon current research that examines the cost-benefit of home modifications for consumers and governments.

Table of Contents


Executive Summary 

Section 1: Introduction 

  Do-it-yourself home modifications

  Structure of the paper

  Theoretical framework 

  Aims and research questions 


Section 2: Background to the research 


  Economic drivers for home modifications 

  Home modification schemes 

  Reform context


Section 3: Review of DIY home modifications literature 



  DIY: meanings, resources and growth 

  Choosing to DIY  

  Housing suitability 


Section 4: Methodology


  Qualitative methods 

  Economic evaluation 

  Proposed future research methods 

Section 5: Next steps 


  Proposed resources 



Appendix 1 - 6

Specialist Review Panel

Colin JensenAgeing, Disability and Home CareGuest Expert Reviewer
Oya DemirbilekFaculty of Built Environment, UNSW AustraliaGuest Expert Reviewer
Lyndal MillikanOccupational TherapistGuest Expert Reviewer

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