Home design for retirement

Avoca Springs - The Curlew - Lot 5

After years of working hard you deserve a beautiful and comfortable home to enjoy in retirement.

Most homes within over 50s retirement resorts will adhere to a common and consistent design. However, within new retirement resort developments, owners will often be able to select their home layout from a range of approved designs and customise elements of their interior. You may also be able to renovate the interior of your home within well-established resorts. 

Here are some things to consider when designing your retirement resort home.


In the kitchen consider under-bench draws rather than cupboards, which will help with easy access and eliminate the need to bend or reach. Be realistic about how much storage you need in your wardrobe – it may be more than you think!

Don’t forget space for your car, boat or caravan. If these are something you plan to take with you, make sure there is secure storage space. Spring Lakes Resort has a range of designs to accommodate boats and caravans while all homes are designed with space for two carparks on the driveway. Great for visiting guests or washing your car without having to find a wash bay. 


One of the biggest appeals of a retirement resort is the security they bring. With a community surrounding you and resort staff on site, your home will likely be very secure particularly if you choose to travel. However, it can still be a good idea to install security screens, adequate window and door locks, external lighting, and a lockable garage to deter any unwanted attention. 

Temperature and light

Check the orientation of your home and make life comfortable with window coverings, external shades if required and good internal overhead and task lighting. Depending on the geographical location of your home, consider what heating and cooling is required.

At Spring Lakes Resort, homes are built with energy saving insulation in the walls and ceilings. 

Future ageing needs

Ergonomically designed fixtures and fittings, slip resistant flooring, installation of handrails and grabrails, and extra power points for charging mobility or health devices are all things that may be required in the future. It may be more cost-effective to build these elements into the design from the beginning.

Well thought out design will ensure you can maintain and enjoy independent living for as long as possible – and have a home you are proud of. 

Spring Lakes Resort is a thoughtfully designed over 50s community set on 50 acres of stunning riverfront land. With a 29-acre golf course and ample open space, you’ll feel a sense of peace and tranquility as soon as you arrive home. Designed for retirees who are active and independent but want the assurance of a secure community with a lot of the maintenance taken care of, you’ll fall in love with your modern home and well-appointed resort facilities that is also pet friendly. A future aged-care facility is planned for the resort. Find out more at www.springlakesresort.com.au


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