Tiny house designs have come a long way from their first tentative steps into the fray of housing. However, there’s still a distinct lack of accessible tiny houses for older people, or those with mobility issues.
Too often sleeping areas are incorporated into a small cramped loft that can only be reached by ladder. This tiny house, designed by the Vermont-based firm LineSync Architecture, is aimed at addressing the issue of accessibility.
Dubbed the Wheel Pad Tiny House, this home contains a total of 200-square-feet (18.6-square-meters) and is capable of accommodating wheelchair users – a rarity among tiny houses. The house isn’t meant to be a standalone unit, but can be placed near a permanent residence where help is readily available if needed.
According to Wheel Pad, the company behind the project, the aim is to provide the occupants with a greater degree of independence. It doesn’t have to act as a permanent home (in fact, it’s suggested that it not be used on a permanent basis), but can be used as a temporary dwelling that provides families with the time to make amendments to their main home, in the event of the unexpected.
The house is set on a single level, meaning that it won’t require a permit in the majority of the US. It’s been designed with the aid of home health nurses, physicians, physical and occupational therapists. As a result, it has fixtures installed at a lower height, a spacious bathroom with a double swing door, and a ceiling track that serves as a Hoyer lift.
From Wheel Pad: “we will change the way our injured soldiers and civilians come home from rehab. Wheel Pad is “disruptive” in the best sense of the word. It seems everyone has a use for Wheel Pad including: spinal cord injuries, people newly using wheelchairs or prosthetics, elderly veterans and civilians, hospice care, children with disabilities.”