Disability Access

Designer homes with disability access

Sheppard Homes specialise in designing ‘Your Home Your Way’, and in this instance we’ve taken it one step further. Our ‘Livable’ home, originally designed for a young child with a progressive disability that would leave him wheelchair bound, takes into consideration wheelchair ease of access and movement throughout the home.

Manoeuvring a wheelchair in Len Sheppard’s father’s home significantly influenced his approach to building designs at Sheppard Homes. Working with Margaret Ward at the School of Design and Faculty of Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology, Sheppard Homes incorporates liveable design features into their housing products.

The design elements and features allow ease of access and movement in the ‘Livable’ home design – ideal for any family with a parent or child with a disability.

Our project work with Livable Housing Australia adopts the principles of livable housing design for people living with someone with a disability.

Design features ensure stylish disability access:

Gently graded pathway to a wide, level and step-free front entry
Wider hallways and doorways than a mainstream home
Light switches and door handles placed at same level throughout the home
Hobless, step-free shower recess in both bathrooms
Reinforced bathroom and toilet walls for installation of grab rails
Granite bench tops, glass tiled splash backs in kitchen with added mould inhibitor to aid cleaning
Level sliding door access to alfresco area
Level access from the garage into the home
Level access from alfresco area to wide pathways
Level access to front entry door