There are a couple of main criteria that the Australian Heritage Homes wants to ensure that you keep in mind, throughout the process of building your dream home. The first may be the most frivolous, but bears reminding none the less- the look of your home. Yes, we do place importance on things looking pretty. The second may seem a bit more important to some- a level of comfort. We don’t particularly want you moving into your new home and hating every minute of it. But the last, is the one that we want to focus on today, safety. It’s the most foundational, and sometimes the hardest to keep up with.
You may have children now or want children down the road, so babyproofing is something that you’d keep in mind. You may also have elderly family members who have a more difficult time getting around. There too, we would design the home in a certain way so that there would be no fear of injury. Even if you have neither, you need to contend with building regulations, which can change at a rapid pace. Here are some of the local building safety regulations that we want to make sure that you keep in mind.
If this doesn’t seem like second nature to you, unfortunately you’re not alone. Just in the small window between 2000 and 2005, more than 144 deaths because of fire were reported. This prompted Australian law to decree smoke detectors absolutely essential. Important location? Around bedrooms or where residents are likely to sleep. Make sure that you have smoke detectors and that they’re in proper working order.
Handrails on balconies
Balconies, as you might know, are found at the highest altitude, making handrails absolutely essential. Balconies are optimal locations for hanging out with family and friends, you never want to put yourself in a situation where falling is a remote possibility.
Fences around pools
This one may not seem as intuitive, but it’s for the sake of our youngest audience, the children. If your home, present or future, has a backyard swimming pool, you must have a fence surrounding it. It doesn’t matter whether it’s in-ground or above-ground, it’s the best precaution to make sure that children don’t get too close and fall in.
If you live in a single-storey home, you can skip this tip. If not, if you have any flights of stairs, you need a landing. The specific metric is a landing for every 18 steps. Again, this is keeping potential falls in mind. With this regulation, you will still want to look at area-specific stipulations, they may vary by state.
We recommend that you always do your research before moving forwards on a building project. Due diligence not only ensures your safety, but also avoids timely emotional and monetary investments. Please reach out with any questions that you may have.