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Marc’s Wheelchair-Friendly Tiny House on Wheels Built by Tiny Idahomes


This is Marc’s wheelchair-friendly tiny house on wheels built by Tiny Idahomes.

It’s a custom 28ft model ‘Toy Hauler’ with a slide out, grab bars, lift bed, platform deck, slide out wheelchair ramp, and more! Enjoy the full tour (and video) below. Thanks!

Tiny Idahomes Builds Wheelchair-Friendly ‘Toy Hauler’ Tiny Home

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Video Tour of Marc’s Wheelchair Accessible Tiny House by Tiny Idahomes

Highlights

  • 28ft toy hauler style tiny house on wheels
  • Slide out
  • Grab bars throughout
  • Lift bed that gets out of the way during the day
  • Platform deck
  • Slide out wheelchair ramp
  • Overhead ‘secret’ storage built in to the ceiling
  • ‘Garage’ space for Marc’s ATV

Learn more using the links below. Thanks!

Resources

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6PS-VxCGME
  2. https://tinyidahomes.com/blog/2017/11/30/tiny-idahomes-innovative-ideas/
  3. https://tinyidahomes.com/

Our big thanks to Melissa Wallace of Tiny Idahomes for sharing!

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Alex

Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!

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  • Annette January 3, 2018, 9:44 am

    Wow. Some great simple solutions here especially the multi-functional garage/bath/utility room. My only question – why not a curb-less shower?

    • Annette January 3, 2018, 9:43 pm

      Marc,

      Great to see you pioneering a new application of the tiny house world. Seems like you’ve created a space where everything is do-able. You’ve made a house that is also a tool to finesse your activities and interests.

      I hope you’re writing a blog? I want to know what’s working.

      Every house evolves and it will be interesting to see what crops up for improvement as well as learning what’s really successful and works well for the mobility challenged.

      I’m worried about slide-outs as being liabilities for leaks and or the potential for mechanical failure? Can you address these fears and issues?

      At least keep notes for your eventual consulting practice advising tiny home designers working for any mobility impaired and elderly clients.

      It also occurs to me that if it’s your thing and you don’t mind cold calculating plans, that activism for the mobility challenged might be an angle that could help the Tiny House movement gain access/credibility in cities and urban spaces where currently they’re not allowed, but are seriously needed and desired – should you get involved politically.

      Just planting a thought.

      Exactly where are you planning to put your behemoth? You mention ski areas — you must have an enormous truck or else a dynamite location.

      Thanks for sharing and good luck with your tiny!

    • Tiny Idahomes January 8, 2018, 11:05 am

      We put in a raised shower for p-trap drainage as well as accessibility to the plumbing for maintenance.
      Marc’s usage is mainly recreational, so it is also a toy hauler space with a tie down anchor near the shower, thus the 45-degree angle.
      Marc is not a full-time user of his tiny home, so he does not mind the transfer from his wheelchair to a shower chair

  • Dani Moore January 3, 2018, 2:08 pm

    I would love to know what kind of winch was used for the deck and ramp. I have a moderately accessible THOW and had a chain hoist to get up and down to my loft. after 2 years, my doc has said I need to stop using it. Now I need a motorized option, and every winch I have looked at says “Not for vertical lifting”. Ugh!

    • James D. January 3, 2018, 4:15 pm

      They probably can be used for vertical lifting but most likely their figure just doesn’t meet the dynamic requirements of a swinging load, and they are giving you fair warning.

      Like, if a force accelerates the mass during lift, you could exceed the maximum rating and they rate these for relatively worse case scenario…

      A hoist would be better designed for vertical lifting than a winch anyway, but you could just add a pulley, which would also let you pull in any direction you want to set it up for and you could set it up to swing out of the way when not being used.

      • Dani January 4, 2018, 11:53 am

        I was thinking possibly about an engine hoist on a rail. That way I could use it the entire length of the house. My manual chain hoist was on a wooden rail. The engine hoist would have to be on a metal rail. I don’t know if one 24 feet long would sag or buckle.

        • James D. January 4, 2018, 6:01 pm

          If unsure of how strong the roof/ceiling mounts for the rail will be then you could opt to mount rail runners on both sides with a sliding bridge in the middle where the hoist will be mounted.

          That’ll put the load onto the side wall studs and the bridge allows you to slide the hoist between both sides so it can be pushed to side when not in use or maneuvered around to more easily lift something up from directly above.

          Otherwise, just make sure the rail has mount points at least every few feet.

    • James D. January 3, 2018, 8:59 pm

      Drainage primarily, curb also makes it harder to slip off as that can be a risk issue with a raised shower bed…

      Space is also the toy hauler space, so helps prevent the chance of a ATV rolling up on top of it… The 45 degree corner is because one of the three tie down floor anchor points is right by it…

      Raised, though, means the drainage is all internal and thus more frost proof for full 4 season use…

  • Michael January 3, 2018, 6:25 pm

    A bit rustic but very functional and well thought. I like it although the shower could be optimized, overall height a bit less because there is no loft and I would add an awning above the porch. Well done.

    • James D. January 3, 2018, 8:46 pm

      No, there is a loft… Ladder access is on the corner wall between the rear toy hauler ramp door and backdoor with the doggy door panel.

      Elevator bed even connects to the loft, but it’s just intended as a storage space and he can use the elevator bed to get things up and down from it, with the ladder access as an emergency access.

      They could have maybe lowered the front end that extends beyond the loft/bed area but that space typically gets a ceiling fan and he could always add hoists for lifting up things and storing them by the ceiling… Or it can be just a good place to put any fire suppressant system.

      Besides, high ceilings help make the space feel bigger than it is…

  • Dee January 3, 2018, 11:07 pm

    With having Muscular Dystrophy and being in a chair well over 90% of the time, to see this home is incredible. I LOVE this. It is great to see a usable for all and not only for the owner, and it’s not canned/generic/looks like a box accessible tiny home!
    The deck ramp is almost identical to the one I designed, so this was awesome to see the thought/idea/design I have may just work!
    CONGRATS to an awesome place and have a GREAT time in you THOW Marc!

  • Gabriella January 4, 2018, 6:06 am

    Everything is very well organized and functioning, the enthusiasm for life is the true nourishment of the soul, and life can have infinite interest….

  • Bob January 5, 2018, 3:45 pm

    Being 100% disabled even though I can walk with the aid of a walker/cane, there will come a time when my legs will cease functioning (degenerative arthritis). So glad to see there are organizations which think outside the box (no pun) and come up with ingenious designs, simple in nature, though extremely functional.

    Question, of course, as it wasn’t exactly mentioned – is this particular design ADA compliant?

    • James D. January 6, 2018, 2:14 am

      Builders and owners don’t always reply here as they aren’t always aware an article on them was posted.

      But we know the following about ADA compliance…

      Requirement 1. Accessible building entrance on an accessible route.

      Requirement 2. Accessible and usable public and common use areas.

      Requirement 3. Usable doors.

      Requirement 4. Accessible route into and through the covered dwelling unit.

      Requirement 5. Light switches, electrical outlets, thermostats and other
      environmental controls in accessible locations.

      Requirement 6. Reinforced walls for grab bars.

      Requirement 7. Usable kitchens and bathrooms.

      Exceptions are made for specialty areas like lofts…

      So, since Marc has full access, there are handle bars where needed, everything within reach, etc. then it’s probably safe to say it is ADA compliant.

      Though, designed as a Toy Hauler, the design is a bit more for recreational usage than full time living.

      However, many custom builders will build a ADA compliant structure on request and there are ADA compliant floor plans that can be purchased and worked from as well…

      Though, best to have it customized to you specifically as ADA compliance doesn’t mean it’ll be perfect for you, just that it meets minimum standards but may still not cover all specialty needs.

      Thus the benefit for working with a custom builder who, like a tailor, can customize it to fit you like a proverbial glove/perfect fit…

      Probably a better example for you to look at would be the Wheel Pad by LineSync Architecture…

      Go to wheelpad.com

      Since that design better supports those with more severe limitations and can be placed as a ADU for assisted living arrangements… Though, it doesn’t have the big retractable deck and lacks any toy hauling capability like Marc’s design but it’s a more comfortable space to live that should better cover your long term needs… at least to help give you ideas on how it should be designed…

    • Tiny Idahomes January 8, 2018, 11:45 am

      We built this custom RV Tiny home to Marc’s specifications.

  • Carolyn B January 6, 2018, 5:33 pm

    Absolutely love seeing this and hope to see more wheelchair friendly, tiny/small homes in the future. Thanks.

  • Shirley January 6, 2018, 5:39 pm

    Alex,
    So glad to see you are still coming up with some stories and pics of innovative designs and solutions!

    • Alex January 8, 2018, 1:01 pm

      Thanks Shirley, nice to see you here! I hope you’re doing well!

  • Katrina Lobato Vialpando January 31, 2018, 3:50 pm

    Marc, I am so sorry, I am now more aware, than I have been in the past. Please forgive me, and try to communicate with me. Have a nice day !

  • Vicki May 7, 2018, 4:23 pm

    LOVE THIS HOME. I, too, am in a wheelchair and until now, have never seen one so spectacular as this tIny home. Thanks for sharing. May I as how much this was to build? Thank you again.

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