I was extremely happy last week to be involved with the Livable Housing Australia (LHA) “As Built” assessment of Murphy Homes‘ new display home at Harmony. I must admit I felt like a little bit like a VIP, getting a private sneak preview of the new display before it was officially opened on Saturday.
My role as an LHA Assessor was to inspect and confirm that all the required design elements have been built to the LHA specifications to be awarded the “Silver Level” accreditation, without getting distracted by a sparkly new display home – not easy.
LHA accreditation is a two-stage process. First the design or construction plans being assessed and, then the “as built” new home being assessed to ensure it has been built to spec.
For a home to achieve LHA Silver Level accreditation it needs to provide the seven core design elements…which are:
- A safe continuous and step free path of travel from the street entrance and / or parking area to a dwelling entrance that is level.
- At least one, level (step free) entrance into the dwelling.
- Internal doors and corridors that facilitate comfortable and unimpeded movement between spaces.
- A toilet on the ground (or entry) level that provides easy access.
- A bathroom that contains a hobless shower recess.
- Reinforced walls around the toilet, shower and bath to support the safe installation of grab rails at a later date.
- Stairways are designed to reduce the likelihood of injury and also enable future adaptation.
For more information and some fine award winning acting performances check out our “Project Silver” video here.
I’m pleased to say the new Murphy’s Display home passed with flying colours at both stages of the assessment process.
The display home is a great example of how seamless the LHA elements can be implemented in a new build.
Many people have a misconception that anything to do with accessible homes or universal design is going to make their home look institutional or clinical in some way. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, what it does provide is greater spaces to move through in the home and a sense of generosity in the design. Instead of spaces feeling a little tight or cramped they just feel a little bit more luxurious.
“Yeah but what about the aesthetics or the look?”, I hear you say.
You be the judge. I would urge you to go and check out the new display home and see for yourself.
Contact Murphy Homes to arrange an inspection and talk to the crew about building you a fantastic liveable home for future you.