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Aging-in-Place Tiny House on Wheels by Tiny SMART House

Looking for a tiny house design that will work for you even as you age? This 10×28 Willamette Farmhouse model was specially-designed by Tiny SMART House for a client who wanted a wheelchair-friendly aging-in-place tiny house!

All the door frames fit a wheelchair, and there is proper space for turning everywhere. The counter tops are built to sitting height, and the client opted for a Murphy bed that transforms into a desk during the day time so her bed could stay on the ground floor. The walk-in shower features two shower seats and a grab bar. And there’s even a doggie door so her pets can get in and out without her straining!

She has her own independent space parked behind her family’s home. Perfect solution for getting older! What do you think?

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The kitchen is created with counter tops that are at sitting height.

Here’s the Murphy bed folded down for sleeping.

And here it is in “desk” position.

The bathroom is spacious to allow for wheelchair turning radius.

The shower has a grab bar and two seats.

The exterior is clean and simple, but Tiny SMART House can customize it to your tastes!

What color would you want your growing-older tiny house to be?

Such a great option for a “granny flat.”

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife and mama of two little kids. She and her family just purchased a small fixer-upper and are starting a self-sufficient homestead on their happy little acre.
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  • Avatar PMHTX
    May 21, 2020, 8:04 am

    Very nice but with all the universal design choices I’m puzzled why she wouldn’t have opted for a barrier free shower. Also, I didn’t see a ramp or mention of one but that can be readily added at a later time as needed.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      May 21, 2020, 1:23 pm

      Sorry there is a ramp where it’s parked now. Should have mentioned that!

  • Avatar Dyan Guarrera
    May 21, 2020, 2:00 pm

    How is a person in a wheelchair supposed to get a murphy bed up and down? I can barely do that myself! PS- barrier-free shower entry is the way to go. I have one and love it.

    • Avatar James D.
      May 21, 2020, 9:17 pm

      Murphy beds depend on the hardware used, so can be easy to hard, full manual to automatic/motorized. But the better ones tend to jump a lot in pricing as the trade off.

      While there’s a few things to consider with a curb-less.. In addition to the added cost, which can be an additional $500 to $700. There’s also what it can mean to the design of the tiny house itself.

      Mind, it’s on a trailer and that means you have limited space in the floor to work with to provide the proper slope for the water on the floor to flow everything to the drain, in addition to fit the plumbing beneath with insulation, etc. So the floor may need to be raised/thickened to make that all work. Especially, in colder climates where the floor has to be thick enough to enclose the plumbing and not just have it hang below the trailer and the drainage lines have to have room for the slope needed for gravity to draw everything down and that’s usually the most significant design limitation that has to be worked around…

      While to avoid any step ups/down, it could mean the entire floor for the whole home may need to be uniformly raised, and that can start making the cost difference more significant, which can also effect available headroom as max road legal height caps the max height and thus the thicker the floor, etc. is then the less max headroom will be available.

      Though, not an issue with a single level home, but can be for those who want to make the most use of vertical space with lofts, etc… Or alternatively, the bathroom can have its own ramp…

      Everything has trade offs…

      • May 22, 2020, 12:40 pm

        Thank you for your well-versed response. We agree. In this case, we worked with what the client wanted. And the custom-designed Murphy Bed is easy for the client to pull down. It also has a desk when upright that she doesn’t need to clean off each time she moves the bed.

  • Avatar Larry Burns
    May 21, 2020, 9:35 pm

    To put all that money in a nice deck and no roof over it makes it not a retirement home. Retired people don’t want to sit out in the hot sun. It rains a lot in Florida. You need a roof over the deck.

    • May 22, 2020, 12:45 pm

      It rains often here in Oregon too! It may be hard to see from these photos, but there is a roof over her deck. However, since she is right next to her family’s home – she most often goes over there to socialize.

  • Avatar Jane
    May 22, 2020, 4:48 pm

    I like the low fence close around the house. It almost acts like a skirt, hides all the “life support” for the house and hopefully keeps the tiny house peepers at bay.

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