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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Housing design is making exciting innovations in creating highly liveable homes. Watch this space!