In a nutshell, liveable homes are designed for the ease of access and comfort of use of everybody over every stage of life – from families with young children wielding prams and strollers, to aging baby boomers, and family members with a disability or even a temporary injury. And it doesn’t have to be expensive.
What is livable housing design?
Liveable housing incorporates a number of easy-living elements, including:
- It will be easy to enter and also easy to navigate around –whether you are in a wheel chair, carrying in heavy grocery or other supplies, or wheeling a pram and juggling the shopping.
- A liveable house will be designed with adaptation in mind – rather than looking at the task or renovations or major changes, a liveable house will be able to be more easily and inexpensively adapted to changing needs. According to recent research, it will a massive 22 more cost-effective to adapt a liveable home.
Is there a market?
Yes! Liveable home design is becoming increasingly popular with mainstream Australians. A national survey has indicated that builders, home renovators, recent home buyers, and people aged 60 plus, believe liveable home designs are safer and more efficient for everybody.
A few quick facts:
- Baby boomers represent a large demographic looking for housing that is adaptable to their future needs.
- Research indicates that 60 percent of people will be affected by a disability at some stage of their life – everything from a car accident to deteriorating health can lead to mobility problems.
- Around 1 in 5 Australians live with a disability; eight percent of those are children. This number continues to increase with the population.
- Home safety is a massive issue with 62 percent of falls and slip injuries occurring inside the home.
- Incorporating liveable housing design elements from the outset is 22 times more cost-effective than a subsequent retrofit.
Housing design is making exciting innovations in creating highly liveable homes. Watch this space!