Adaptable Living Homes

What is Adaptable Living?

The Independent Builders Network recognises the current building practices and the need to change
this to reflect the everchanging characteristics of its buyers. With mainstream builders building
houses for today and not reflecting on the future needs of their clients we have established the need
to start future proofing the homes we build with Adaptable Living presenting the perfect
opportunity for this.

Buyers are influenced by high-end displays on offer, marketing gimmicks and the styles that are
being produced out of reality and DIY television programs. New homes should be designed and built
to meet the everchanging needs of the homeowner over their lifetime.

The Independent Builders Network has been introduced to what we call Adaptable Living Homes
following the Livable Housing Australia guidelines. These guidelines are about making homes easier
to access, navigate through and live in. By doing this as part of the building process we are providing
a more cost-effective way to adapt to changes in life and make it easier to change your home to suit,
as opposed to changing afterwards which can be a very costly experience.

Our aim is to build homes to meet the needs of young families with kids, people with sporting or
traumatic injuries, assist mature aged people and to cater for people or families with disabilities.
The key to a Livable Housing Design is to build homes that meet the ever-changing needs of the
occupants across their lifetime.

What are some key features of an Adaptable Living home?

 - Easy to enter
 - Easy to navigate in and around
 - Capable of easy and cost-effective adaptation
 - Responsive to the changing needs of home occupants.

This is just a few key features with many more benefits.

What are the benefits of an Adaptable Living home?

Homes will be designed with 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 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 disability.

What are the Adaptable Living designed home benefits?

 - Families with young children by making it easier to manoeuvre prams, strollers and removing trip hazards for toddlers. 
 - People who sustain a temporary injury that limits their mobility (for example as a result of sporting or work-related injuries or a motor vehicle accident).
 - Ageing baby boomers who are looking to move or renovate their existing homes to better accommodate future needs.
 - People with disabilities and their families enabling them better choice of housing and the opportunity to visit the homes of friends and relatives.

Over the coming months, IBN will provide training and insight to its members on Adaptable Living
Homes, as well as producing a range of plans accommodating to this change in building practice. 

To find out more about Adaptable Living Homes please contact 1300 IBN NET (1300 426 638).