Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) homes are built much like other houses, in several stages with a numerous amount of people who all have different skills and work together. The difference between SDA and other homes are the extra steps like designing for accessibility and to meet up with the SDA design standards 2021. A SDA home also goes through an extra certification that other homes do not. Now lets talk about the building!
Looking for land
It might not be the first thing you think of, but a house needs a place to stay! Currently in Australia there is a lot of movement in the property market, making it harder and harder to find a suitable plot of land for SDA housing.
Depending on the location of the land, whether a house has to be knocked down and several other factors planning and building permission must be sought from the local council. This can be a lengthy process often taking months to years.
The base stage is all about creating the foundations for the home. It’s important to check the levels prior to pouring concrete as any mistakes here can have disastrous outcomes, which sometimes won’t be obvious until years later.
It’s starting to finally take shape!! The frame stage is all about forming the skeleton of your home, walls are now being constructed with windows and door frames.
Lock up/enclosed stage
Work starts to focus on the outside of the house, this is where bricks go up, guttering and roof cover are all built into the home.
Now the inside of the home is beginning to look liveable! It covers all the internal doors, skirting board, kitchen, cabinetry and wet areas are waterproofed at this stage.
Fit off stage
Walls are being painted, shelving, tiling and cabinetry all come together at the Fit off stage.
This is the stage you’ve been waiting for! With everything being done, the last stage is to inspect the property, noting any defects which the builder has to fix.
This inspection arguably the most important stage for Specialist Disability Accommodation. An Accredited SDA assessor checks the house satisfies the design standards and applies the category the house falls into. SDA Assessor’s must be either builder surveyors, architects, OT or access consultants and successfully complete an exam before they are considered.
The keys now in your hand, it’s time to move in!