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How do you build a home that lasts?



Sustainability means more than simply solar panels or water tanks. It is also about building homes that last.

A home isn’t truly sustainable if it can’t adapt and change to its owners’ needs.

“Our homes must change as we do,” says Stockland’s co-head of design, Sophie Pickett-Heaps.

Sophie is chair of Livable Housing Australia, a not-for-profit organisation that has developed practical,

common sense guidelines to ensure homes can adapt to changing needs and thus be your home for all stage of life.

Livable homes have specific hallmarks, Sophie says, like generous doors and corridors, step-free showers and easy-to-access entryways.

While these features support people with mobility issues, livable homes aren’t just for older people or those living with disability.

“They are also for young families pushing babies in prams, people moving furniture or just wanting to get the shopping out of the car easily,” she explains.

“A lot of the principles of livable design are just good design, like wide hallways that really welcome people into your home, or garages that give you enough space to open the doors easily,” she explains.

“The Livable Housing Guidelines are inexpensive to incorporate into any home design and it makes sense to build them into your home when you are at the drawing board, rather than waiting for the need to arise.”

Sophie says sustainability is about more than simply solar panels or water tanks.

“It’s also building a home to last – and that means ensuring your home is flexible and can adapt to your changing needs. A livable home is a sustainable home, and gives you peace of mind that it’s built to last,” she says.

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