This is a handicap accessible tiny house.
It’s designed and built by NextDoor Housing with aging relatives in mind.
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Handicap Accessible Tiny House by NextDoor Housing
Video: NextDoor Housing and Grandma Shirley
- Starting at $42,560
- Handicap Accessible floor plan and
- Built to ANSI Code.
- 2×4 standard stick construction.
- 8’ sidewalls with 6/12 ceiling.
- R-19 floor insulation value; R-15 wall insulation value; R-21 roof insulation value.
- Interior pocket door concealing bathroom.
- White metal fascia.
- MetroSHAKE steel roof.
- Victorian Dormer over main door.
- Ice & Water shield.
- White roof edge.
- Vinyl Siding with 7/16” OSB
- Dupont Tyvek Home Wrap.
- 50 amp electric service.
- 120/240 box and outlets.
- Motion sensor exterior lights –passenger facing & front facing.
- Exterior outlet.
- 20 gallon electric water heater
- 200 gallons on board storage for grey/black water.
- Propane heater.
- Electric wall heater in utility closet with separate thermostat.
- Dormer Refrigerator.
- Full size residential toilet.
- 62” fiberglass shower insert.
- Ash cabinetry.
- Custom finishes and upgrades available
- Rent one for $1,250/month
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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 three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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If you need TEMPORARY housing for a loved one in MN, this company can “drop” one in your back yard. The rent of $1,250 is steep, but it does come with additional health care services if necessary. Always go to the site and read the fine print! If Grandma or Grandpa is coming for a visit or if they just got out of the hospital and need a place to rehab, this is certainly better than some “home.”
It would be great for folks coming from rehab, Janet. I thought the rental option was really great! — Tiny House Talk Team
I understand what you meant, and it is a great idea. I went to the site that makes these cabins to get the full details. They are rented only in the state of MN and only for 6 months at a time. For $7,500.00 Granny or Grandpa could stay close to family – if you live in MN. It would be great if other states would wake up and offer similar cabins for rehab purposes. Many are for sale, but not rent. I was just pointing out this was offered in MN.
This bathroom seems not exactly set up for someone who uses a wheelchair or other assistive device like a KneeWalker or even crutches or a walker. I know I could NOT get a chair OR the KneeWalker in there and turn it to actually use the toilet. Also the “bath chair” hangs over the edge of the tub and will dump all the shower water ON THE FLOOR–those small holes will NOT drain all the water. You need a seat that fully fits inside the tub to prevent big problems on the floor.
To overcome the first half of your objections, try ‘DEPENDS with patented Fit-Flex technology for a smooth fit-to-body form’.
To overcome the second half of your objections, try ‘kid with a mop’. Or bigger holes.
Yup. “Alex*, we’ll go with bigger holes for five hundred, please”. Two issues cleared with one solution.
I’ve used a similar bath chair for several years now and have never had a problem with shower water getting on the floor from it. This design is a transfer bench, making it easier to get into and out of the tub to have a shower. Mine is set even further into the tub, so potentially even more water “might” collect, but it doesn’t, and I modified mine to have a flat cedar seat (for aesthetics), no holes. I think it depends on how you do your washing. A bath mat would take care of stray spray unless a person was really overly enthusiastic in there.
Thanks for your input, Alice 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team
This place looks really unpleasant to live in, even for someone young and spry. There’s no comfortable living area for relaxing at all. The bathroom is a LONG way from the bed. Imagine navigating around the ladder and between those sharp-edged countertop in the middle of the night.
I don’t think there’s any good configuration to fit accessibility into a house and still be road-legal at 8 feet wide. I guess you could build two 8×20 half-houses which can be quickly joined on-site. You can do a lot more with a 16×20 320 sq ft studio space.
That said, at least someone is working on this concept. I hope to see some improvement over the next few years.
Yep, folks are always innovating! — Tiny House Talk Team
This might work well for some people, depending on the scope of their mobility. I would suggest rounding those sharp corners on the countertops.
Good idea 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team
That’s so sweet! Can I come and visit you Grandma?
Glad you liked it! — Tiny House Talk Team
This is a great concept & similar dwellings are needed everywhere. If I was going to build these, they would not be 8′ wide, too limiting. I’d go with 10′-12′-14′ wide units. Wide load permits are inexpensive so I can’t see any reason to limit your width on units that won’t be moved frequently. I believe this would make the units much more accommodating for people with mobility issues. On their website, they state, “Temporary Family Health Care Dwellings” will be legal sept 1 throughout the state of MN. I don’t know the nuts & bolts of this law but it sounds like something needed in states everywhere as well. I’m glad to see someone tackling this aspect of living. I’m not crazy about the unit profiled here it’s a solid start & if they can offer a package solution to families that’s great!
Agreed! It’s a great start to fill a great need 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team
Hmmm…! Can you say lottery….!
Haha woot! — Tiny House Talk Team
How do I get info/brochures for this house? Do you think you will ever do a wider house? What is the life expectancy of these units?
Hi Kem — I just did some digging and it looks like since we posted this four years ago, the company has gone out of business 🙁