The Affordable Australian
Houses must be built to be accessible for all from the start. The Affordable Australian demonstrates that accessibility does not preclude affordability.
Nowdays families are much more likely to care for disabled children in-house full-time. Elderly people much more likely to remain in their own houses. The Affordable Australian achieves internal and external wheelchair circulation from day one; retro-fitting handheld shower and grabrails is easy.
Modular construction and waste minimisation reduces construction costs. Energy efficiency measures and siting reduces running costs. The Column and Lintel system enables roofing commencement earlier, weather protection sooner and enables lock-up to be achieved quickly. This will reduce site theft and vandalism.
Bedroom 3 could permanently be the ‘family room’ as many families will be a couple with only one child. Bedroom 1 could
become a home office. As residents age or become emptynester/lone person households, disused rooms can be shut off reducing utility bills. The ceiling system means that the internal walls can be moved around without needing to replaster.