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David Holmes
David Holmes manoeuvres his wheelchair silently over the polished kitchen floor to his dining table. We look out through full-length windows, across the lawn towards the swimming pool. Ten months a er moving into his highly innova ve and beau ful home, in which he uses an iPad to control everything from the curtains to the underfloor hea ng, he is s ll buzzing with excitement. “I am more able than you are in this house,” he says jokingly. “In fact, this house has changed my life.” That is some statement. The 31-year-old former stuntman already knows plenty about life-changing moments. At the age of 25, David broke his neck while rehearsing a stunt (as Daniel Radcliffe’s ac on double in the film of Harry Po er and the Deathly Hallows). The accident le  him paralysed from the torso down and he was forced to rely on carers to
a end to most of his daily needs for the next five years. Now, having regained some of his independence, he is determined to see that the advances in home automa on he and his technical team have achieved, are used to be er the lives of other people living with severe disabili es. “Breaking my neck has made me 10  mes more crea ve. My brain is s ll moving as fast as my body wanted to,” he says.
“....this house has changed my life.”
As he talks, his passion and energy fills the room; he is dynamic; a man who has clearly found a mission in life. “I’ve learnt so much in building this house, I could build another one tomorrow now. We were the first to do this that’s why it cost the money. But let’s learn from that now, to make it cheaper for everyone. Why can’t we do that?”
David’s original aim was to build a house that would, through its structure and

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