Development brings accessible homes to Perth

Does Australia have enough homes built with accessibility at the forefront of design? Sadly, it seems not.

Latest figures by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that 36% of households contain a person with a disability. However, there’s only a few specially-built homes which are accessible to all.

That’s why it’s always refreshing to learn about a new development which bucks the trend, especially when it’s in Perth and the first of its kind.

Five people involved in the project including architect Lisa Halton, lift up spades with soil on them.
The turf turning ceremony marks the start of building work. Architect Lisa Halton is pictured far right with others involved in the project. Photographer: David Baylis – Community News

The turf-turning ceremony has already taken place for the two-bedroom accessible homes in Warwick.

All four of them meet the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) in order to meet requirements laid out by the NDIS.

Accessible homes have specialist features

The properties, designed by architect Lisa Halton, incorporate the latest assistive technology such as smart lighting, heating and cooling technologies. They’re being developed by SDA Lifestyle Homes which is a division of Pulse Property Solutions.

“This design reinforces dignity and inclusion. Each home with its accessible features orientates towards the street so it enjoys natural light,” Lisa explains.

“The Independent Living Warwick development will be suitable for those with NDIS support funding for homes. The fixtures are in different colours so you can easily find your way around. There’s texture contrast on the wall and floor materials so that people can navigate the property better,” adds Lisa.

Assistive technology works on voice command and large toggle switches on lights enable easy operation. These are beautiful homes with different layouts, especially for people living with disabilities.

Lisa Halton
Architect, Studio Halton
Image shows an artist impression of the house, single story with a sleek modern look.
An artist’s impression of one of the SDA homes in Warwick.

The homes at 30 Barnsbury Road are close to Warwick Grove Shopping Centre so people have easy access to shops, cafes and Grand Cinemas Warwick. Transport and medical facilities are nearby and they overlook a park.

Our Accessible Information Team includes specialists who can provide advice on making a workplace or space accessible