An ultra-tech smart home has opened at Armstrong Mount Duneed and is rewriting the way homes for people with a disability are offered, designed and sold.
The ground-breaking Showcase Display Home – a collaboration between genU, Burbank Homes and Villawood Properties – is a three-bedroom home sited in the centre of Geelong’s largest display home village.
It showcases numerous technologies to support people with disabilities to live as independently as possible. Its mainstream siting at Armstrong is expected to revolutionise the way people with disabilities, builders and agencies all approach housing.
Features of the house include an electronically adjustable kitchen, electrically operated blinds and windows, a bedroom with a state-of-the-art hoist, and many other design elements and inclusions across a variety of support needs.
The home can cater for a single person requiring fully accessible and two requiring improved liveability, and it includes a separate suite for a full-time carer.
The project has been driven by two objectives: firstly, normalising disability housing in mainstream residential areas; and, secondly, providing people with a disability the chance to see the housing and facilities available in a display home environment.