When designing and building a new home it is just important to build something for today as it is to build something for the future. Universal access is all about designing and building a home that takes into consideration your future access needs and the access needs of your family, guests and future occupiers.
The topic of universal access is relevant for everyone regardless of ability, age or location. Consider, for example, how you might use your home in the event you broke your leg and required a wheelchair, or how your elderly parent will access your home if they need a walking
aid or lost their vision.
Build for the future
There is a 60% chance that a new house will be occupied by someone with a disability or an accessibility need at some point in its lifetime. Therefore making small design considerations today may positively impact the resale value of your home in the future.
Universal access considerations in your home may include things like:
- Level access to entry and exit points
- Level access to showers (eg. no hobs)
- Wide hallways and doorways
- Recessed front threshold
- Brick interior walls to support grab rails or other supports in the future
These changes are barely noticeable but can make a big difference in the future.
Glenway Homes has experience building and modifying homes for universal access. We recommend that all our clients consider universal access requirements when they begin the design phase of their build.
Our contractors have worked specifically on projects that require accessibility and we can also arrange to have your home certified to Livable Housing standards in the design and build process. This officially certifies your home to say that it has been designed for universal access.