Accessible, inclusive or universal design allows for livability features when a home is first designed and built, rather than waiting for any unplanned needs to arise.
Accessible living features can cater for young families with children, people with injuries as well as seniors and people living with disabilities. Or they can simply add an element of space and ease of access for those living in a home to enjoy every day.
These design features are much easier and more efficiently and effectively incorporated at the design stage of a home, rather than having to face renovations later on.
- A safe continuous and step-free path of travel from the street entrance and / or parking area to a dwelling entrance that is level.
- At least one, level (step-free) entrance into the dwelling.
- Internal doors (870mm) and corridors (1000mm) that facilitate comfortable and unimpeded movement between spaces.
- A toilet on the ground (or entry) level that provides easy access. (1200mm clearance in front of WC)
- A bathroom and shower that provides easy access with a larger, ‘step-free’ shower recess.
- Reinforced walls around the toilet, shower and bath to support the safe installation of grab rails at a later date
No-step entry, wider hallways, concrete paths around the home, are all simple yet very effective livability features, to make homes easier to access, navigate and live in. We are living longer, and to design your home to be more versatile and to better meet the changing needs of the occupants over their lifetimes, quite simply, just makes sense.
In time, we believe these features will be a standard item and Martin Locke Homes is proud to be the market leaders in this field. As an owner of a Martin Locke Home, you too would be future-proofing your investment.
Martin Locke Homes is a member of the Centre for Universal Design Australia.
The aim of the organisation is to 'universalise' design in order to create a more inclusive world. The principles of Universal Design are being implemented internationally to bring about changes in design thinking so that all people are considered regardless of age, capability or background.
More information on the Centre for Universal Design Australia can be found at their website http://universaldesignaustralia.net.au/
WHY DO WE NEED ACCESSIBLE HOMES?
The facts are indisputable that new-home designs must adapt to meet the changing needs of our community.
As new home builders we must cater for our aging population as well those with specific needs. Coupled with the introduction of the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) there is an emerging challenge to meet these growing market segments.
There is no doubting that homes that have incorporated Accessible Features at the design stage will be in higher demand into the future. These homes will meet the needs of every person regardless of their age or ability and feel more spacious and safer to life in.
WHAT DOES ACCESSIBLE/universal design LOOK LIKE?
Accessible doesn’t mean unfashionable or sterile. Modern accessible design is incorporated seamlessly into our new-home designs to add to the amenity AND aesthetics of the home. We use the latest design concepts and trends and merge them with accessible design features to create beautiful and functional homes to suit any family.