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needed to downsize – and a styl ish homel i ft was the ticket to the proper ty of their dreams. “We just couldn’t have moved


here without it,” reflects Bob Tanner, 66, on his decision to install a Salise homelift in his new two storey home in Marlborough, Wiltshire. “This is our dream home in the country, ideally located in easy reach of our children, but without a lift it would have been unfeasible.” Bob has always had an eye for

property. For most of his career he was an accomplished structural engineer, working on projects as diverse as Virgin Atlantic’s new headquarters, to horse stables for the rich and famous, multi-storey car parks and residential homes. However, his early years were

testing after he lost his right leg in a motorbike accident at the age of 18, and had a prosthetic limb fitted. “I was determined the accident wouldn’t define me or affect the way I lived my life,” recalls Bob. Prior to moving into their new home, Bob and Maggie, his wife, had lived in a large bungalow in Great Bookham, Surrey, which they built together and in which they raised their family. Whilst the couple loved their

home, it was sprawling, with six bedrooms, a large garden and swimming pool. The distances between rooms were considerable and the walking involved was becoming progressively harder for both, including Maggie with her fragile knees.

Ability Needs Magazine HOME A STYLISH AFFAIR

FTER 38 YEARS in a spacious bungalow Bob Tanner and his wife

It was increasingly clear that

they needed to downsize from the family home. At the same time, Bob and Maggie, both retired, wanted to live in easy reach of their children and grandchildren. This led to the decision to move to Marlborough, some 80 miles away. “Throughout my life I have been

very independent but in recent times moving around has become harder which is why we decided to move to a smaller house,” explains Bob. “Yet I wouldn’t have moved here had I not had the Salise installed. I still use the stairs and am not dependent on the lift, but it makes life just that little bit easier

when I am tired.” Initially Bob and Maggie were

sceptical about getting the Salise installed, as they were concerned it could become an eyesore in their period cottage. However, the couple were

pleasantly surprised, finding that it fitted in stylishly. “It sits really well in our home and didn’t require any major structural work to install, so was easy to fit.” explains Maggie. The Salise has also had other

unintended benefits. Heavy goods, such as luggage and the vacuum cleaner, can be moved around the home far more easily, and everyone from the grandchildren to the cats have started using the lift, making it a feature that everyone can appreciate in different ways.

“It’s brilliant and I’m really glad there are

products out there for people like myself, who are not disabled, but just need a little bit of extra help getting around their home.” Bob explains. As a former structural engineer, this is one project Bob is proud to have worked on.


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