John Wood, National Lifestyle Villages founder talks with Harvey Deegan about sustainable homes
Harvey Deegan here, we’re talking lifestyle with John Wood founder of National Lifestyle Villages. So John I’d like to explore the quality and design of homes at one of your lifestyle villages and learn what people could expect in one of your communities compared to a retirement village.
Thanks Harvey. Firstly can I say: if you buy a home in a retirement village or you buy a home in one of the land lease communities they gonna be a quality home that is built to the Australian standards. The main difference is that in a land lease community the homes have a very strong focus on sustainability and are located on blocks of land that are two to two hundred fifty square metres without any common walls. There’s generally a larger range of homes to choose from in a land lease community including one two and three bedroom designs with one or two toilets or one or two bathrooms but with the ability to custom design. Land lease communities are generally located on fringe urban land of up to ten to twelve hectares with large parks and grounds whereas retirement villages are generally located on smaller blocks of land are in inner suburban areas and the homes often have common walls as well as multistorey apartments and units.
John, are your home certified and structurally guaranteed?
Yes Harvey they are. And they’re built using high-grade steel frame construction and concrete floors. They’re in fact built as strong and as durable as a normal brick and tile home and the designs have an emphasis on low maintenance and indoor and outdoor living spaces.