In the past 12 months, more thought has been given to designing homes with accessibility features. The NCC (National Construction Code) for 2022 introduced stricter guidelines for liveable and accessible housing which specifies minimum design requirements to enable access for people with disabilities. The Australian Standard AS 1428 provides general guidance on what constitutes an adaptable and accessible home. According to the report, an adaptable and accessible home should:
- Provide easy access from the car park and street.
- Provide a step-free continuous path of travel from the car to the entrance.
- Have at least one level entrance.
- Have minimal stairs, and ramps where needed.
- Make sure ramps are compliant with Australian standards.
- Have access paths that are wide and non-slip.
- Have a protected entrance from the elements.
- Have no overhanging branches and plants outside.
- Provide large enough rooms for manoeuvrability of wheelchairs in and between the living area, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom.
- Have easy-to-reach light switches, power points, taps, shelves, benches and cupboards.
- Have laundry and bathroom facilities that are capable of adaptation to enable wheelchair access.
Disabled-friendly homes are having a profound impact on the independence and quality of life of those living with disabilities. Builders follow strict guidelines to build homes specifically designed for accessibility or modify existing homes with renovations. This article explains what constitutes a disabled-friendly home and how to design, build or modify a home for accessible living. For further information about building a disabled-friendly home, contact the team specialising in custom building at Forme Homes.