HomeBuilder Stimulus Package
an opportunity for thoughtful construction
There is no doubt the Federal Government's new HomeBuilder package is going to widely benefit North Queensland's construction industry in the recovery from COVID-19.
But more than that, Martin Locke Homes believes it's also an opportunity to greatly benefit the wider community and future generations by ensuring the new homes are designed and built with accessibility and inclusiveness in mind.
"We're advocating that individuals and builders taking advantage of the stimulus package strongly consider designing and building to a minimum standard of accessibility," Director Martin Locke said.
"It's evident, the homes we are building now should cater for our community's needs in the future.
"As new home builders we must adapt to address the growth for our aging population as well those with specific accessibility needs. The old, or traditional way of building just doesn't do that.
"In our experience, the value of independence gained by an individual with a physical impairment living in a home which has no steps (or lips), wider halls and doors, larger step-free showers and the ability to install grab rails without major renovation can be priceless.
"Yet there is a tangible value gained by the home owner as well, in that, for a relatively small investment upon construction, their home has a point-of-difference in the market should they choose to sell or rent some time down the track.
"There is no doubt 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 is an accessible home?
Every MLH home is designed and built in line with the principles of the Livable Housing Australia Guidelines.
Accessible design features:
- Step-free access from the street, into the front door and throughout the home
- No-step transition from inside out to the alfresco area
- Large, step-free showers
- Wider hallway and doors
- Concrete pathway surrounds for access around home and to the clothesline
More information on MLH accessible home design and construction here
Multigenerational design and construction
Another growing trend in residential construction is multigenerational living. As the name suggests, that is when multiple generations live under the same roof.
Our multigenerational designs include our accessible living features above and offer those families living together all the benefits of multi-gen living as well as ensuring privacy and independence for all of those in the home.
Since opening our Multigenerational Family 310 display home at Elliot Springs we've experienced a dramatic rise in Townsville home builders considering this type of home for financial, family and health reasons among others.
What is the HomeBuilder package?
The Federal Government has unveiled its plan to boost jobs and stimulate the economy in the recovery from COVID-19 with it's $25,000 HomeBuilder Stimulus
The package provides eligible owner-occupiers (including first home buyers) with a grant of $25,000 to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing home.
What's The fine print?
There are eligibility criteria for the stimulus package including income, age, contract dates and project values.
You can find more information within the below Federal Government resources below:
What it means for first home buyers
First home buyers will not only be able to make the most of the Federal Government grant $25,000, but also the Queensland Government's First Home Owners' grant $15,000.
Which means a total of $40,000 towards building a first home.
Master Builders Queensland is lobbying the State Government to extend the First Home Owners' grant to all new home builds.