ADAPTABLE HOUSING DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS WHEN BUILDING

We receive many requests for adaptable housing designs for seniors, those living with a disability and larger families. We design many homes with accessibility details in mind that allow clients to live independently and improve their quality of life – ensuring that the home, villa or unit design with the flexibility to adapt to change in lifestyle and doesn’t place constraints on their day to day living.

Accessibility requirements we might consider when designing the adaptable home can include:

• Adjusting the standard height of a kitchen bench to allow ease of reach
• Widening hallways for wheelchairs or walkers
• Setting door handles at a customised height
• Installing lever handles
• Installing stair lifts
• Positioning power points at a customised height
• Wider shower recess design for a wheelchair to fit comfortably inside
• Ramps at all entrances and exits for ease of access to all points of their property

From a resale point of view, some prospective buyers will look at these livable design principles as an advantage. Properties often look more spacious and it should be also noted that with an ageing population in Australia that these small adaptations will become a point of difference, and eventually a standard.  In fact, Livable Housing Australia champions the mainstream adoption of livable housing design principles in all new homes built in Australia.

No doubt that as we age we all want to retain our independence so homes without stairs and with wider access for walking frames or wheel chairs will be a benefit. Currently, around twenty percent of Australians live with a long-term disability and as the population ages this percentage will only increase.

Jones Homes not only recognises this need but we anticipate a greater demand for these customised properties in the future for homeowners and investors alike. A home with easy access means freedom, independence and having the confidence to live in your own dwelling for as long as possible.

Our lives can change over time – from raising a family to housing your elderly parents or accommodating a family member with a disability. These are all aspects you should consider even if you are not disabled yourself.

Designing an easy access home not only has practical benefits but can also mean that you can live in that property for a lifetime. As demographics in Australia continue to change there will be even more demand on specialised land and housing requirements.

So when speaking with your developer or builder about designing your new property, be sure to integrate adaptable housing components and livable design principles that suit your current and future needs. Also ensure superior materials are used and their style aligns with the rest of your property design. These small adaptions could not only mean you live in the property for longer and anticipate any unforeseen circumstances, but also that your home design is customised to your every need.

For more information visit www.livablehousingaustralia.org.au

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Jones Homes was established in 1982 and has successfully grown into a full service planning and construction company. Jones Homes creates custom design solutions for the homeowner and investor builder serving the suburbs in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Nelson Bay and the Hunter Valley.