06 September 2017 1 min read

Careful thought and consideration is applied to every element of a new Stockland retirement village, says Co-Head of Design, Sophie Pickett-Heaps.

“We try to think about everything from the residents’ point of view,” she says. “So instilling a feeling of confidence and security within each resident is always at front of mind during the new home design process.”

From simple measures like lockable windows, front and rear security doors and 24-hour emergency call systems to design features like wider doorways or reinforced walls for future grab rails, Stockland homes are designed to suit - both now and in the future.

“We are very conscious of our residents, and what will make a positive difference to their lives on a day to day basis,” says Sophie. So thoughtful interiors, low maintenance gardens and accessibility around the village are paramount.

New homes are designed in accordance with Silver Livable Housing Australia Guidelines, which includes generous corridors, bathrooms and doorways.

“This makes homes easy to access and navigate, as well as being more cost-effective to adapt to changing needs,” says Sophie.

The design team also ensures taps, drawer and door handles are easy-grip and that household items are positioned at strategic heights.    

“Having drawers below bench tops and the wall oven at an easy height, for example, means easier access and less bending. It’s these simple things that make a huge difference to our residents’ wellbeing at home,” says Sophie.

Wellbeing is also achieved by designing to a Green Star Rating, a universally recognised rating awarded by the Green Building Council of Australia. It gives the villages a third party certification confirming your home and village are built in best practice of sustainable living.

“The ability to walk everywhere is really important,” says Sophie. “A lot of our villages have convenient access to public transport and a village bus for day trips and local shopping.”

Low operational costs are also prioritised and buildings are designed to maximise environmental efficiencies.

“Our residents can still enjoy a beautiful garden, but of a manageable size,” says Sophie.

“We know people are downsizing so we provide a lot of storage space,” says Sophie. “We have generous garages and make sure the bedrooms and bathrooms have great storage too.”

These purpose-built, low-maintenance homes mean residents enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle – and that enhances the experience of village life. 

“We want our residents to enjoy their retirement and be able to ‘lock up and leave’ when they choose to go on a holiday,” says Sophie. “They take great comfort knowing village managers can arrange garden maintenance – and a community of caring neighbours are there to keep an eye on their home.”

Village managers are also available to facilitate social activities and events in the communal spaces such as the community centres and clubhouses throughout our villages.

“The clubhouse is great for village gatherings,” says Sophie. “People can choose to be as involved as much or as little as they want in community activities.”

Community facilities also serve as a useful extension of their home when residents have friends and family visiting.

“After you’ve right-sized your home, the clubhouse is the perfect space to accommodate a lot of family and friends,” says Sophie.

Everything about Stockland retirement living is designed for you to enjoy your retirement your way, and new homes built by Stockland are checked and delivered with a Quality Home Warranty.

“We create homes and villages that are good quality, low-maintenance and designed to suit your lifestyle both now and into the future,” says Sophie.

If retirement living sounds good to you, visit your local Stockland village today or call to book your personal tour on 1800 72 71 70. 

"Instilling a feeling of confidence and security within each resident is always at front of mind during the design process."