• William & Crystal

How to build a home that grows with you

Updated: Aug 2, 2019

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The Independent Builders Network (IBN) wanted to create a product that reflected the need for housing to adapt to the ever changing characteristics of the occupants.

In doing this IBN looked to cater for the disabled, ageing, growing families and the injured by future proofing the house to be readily available for any changes life will throw at you.

Adaptable Living has been design to follow the Livable Housing Australia guidelines, these guidelines are about making homes easy to access and navigate through. Our aim is to build homes based on these guidelines to meet the needs of young families with kids, allow for ease of movement for people with sporting or traumatic injuries, assist the ageing and cater to people or families with disabilities. The key is in the design and to allow during the construction phase of the build for easy installation or modification of fixtures and fittings as needed. This allows for the home to meet the ever changing needs of the occupants.

There are three core levels of the Adaptable Living range based on the requirements of the clients,

each level adds additional what we call 'elements' to the design such as a safe continuous step free entry point, an easy to access toilet on the ground floor. The basics of each level are as follows-

Silver Level

Seven Core livable housing design elements

Focuses on the key structural and spatial elements that are critical to ensure future flexibility and adaptability of the home. Incorporating these features will avoid more costly home modification if required at a later date.

Gold Level

Enhanced requirements from most of the core livable housing design elements plus additional elements.

The gold level provides for more generous dimensions for the core livable housing elements and introduces additional elements in areas such as the kitchen and bedroom.

Platinum Level

Some further enhanced requirements for the core livable housing design elements plus all remaining elements.

All 15 elements are featured in the platinum level. This level describes design elements that would better accommodate ageing in place and people with higher mobility needs. This level requires more generous dimensions for most of the core livable design elements and introduces additional elements for features such as the living room and flooring.

The benefits of building an Adaptable Living design are comfort, safety and ease of access as core design features. These features make it easier for parents to manoeuvre prams, easier to carry the shopping into the house, easier for people with a disability or temporary injury to move around.

These features will allow key living spaces to be more easily and cost-effectively adapted to meet the changing needs and abilities of home occupants such as ageing baby boomers and people who have or acquire a disability.

The basics are-

· Easy to enter

· Easy to navigate in and around

· Capable of easy and cost-effective adaptation

· Responsive to the changing needs of home occupants

For further information you can contact us or call The Independent Builders Network on 1300 426 638

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