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The Perfect Retirement Tiny House That’s Simple, Affordable, and Wheelchair-Friendly

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This is a retirement tiny house that’s in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia built by Tiny Footprint. It’s called the FerneLea. The house offers a 23.5′ by 8′ living area and a 23.5′ by 10.5′ veranda area that more-than doubles living space. It’s very well done.

Outside you have a wheelchair-friendly ramp that leads directly to the motorized entryway. Inside, the bed is on a lift so you can hide it away during the day or when you have company over. Please take the brief photo tour below, watch the full video tour, and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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The Perfect Wheelchair-Friendly Retirement Tiny House That’s Affordable to Build and Simple

Growing older is a gift. Unfortunately that gift also comes with it’s own burdens, often meaning a lack of mobility and thus a loss of independence. This spectacular tiny house design has helped to give mobility and independence back to one very special lady though, through some very clever small space design to create an elderly, disability and mobility friendly tiny house on wheels.

Cozy Living Area That’s Mobility-Friendly

Tiny Living with a Beautiful View… Can’t Beat That!

Wheelchair-Friendly Tiny House… Perfect for a Simple and Affordable Independent Retirement

VIDEO TOUR: Retirement Tiny House Designed To Be Elderly / Disability / Wheelchair-Friendly


  • 23.5′ x 18′
  • Melbourne, Victoria
  • Lift bed
  • Sleeps 1
  • Mobility Ramp
  • Wheelchair-friendly toilet & shower
  • Underfloor heating
  • Motorized fly screens
  • Soft-touch cabinets


  1. YouTube (video via Living Big In A Tiny House YouTube channel)
  2. Living Big In A Tiny House (original article)
  3. Tiny Footprints (BUILDER)
  4. Project Page (from Builder)

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  • Jerry Dycus
    January 18, 2019, 9:11 am

    Very nice and a great way to get low cost housing. Here in Florida was populated by northerners coming down in trailers and once here, build a day room like this for most day living.
    They used the trailer for kitchen, bath, sleeping but most days were in the day room.
    These in fact are great to buy today as so rotted in many cases after 50-80 yrs in Florida rain, heat, they make the land cheaper, already zoned and approved in many case with impact fees already paid, electric and water hooked up saving so much money.
    It could make a container home viable by using it as the main support with the roof , outside walls covering it with insulation so it doesn’t overheat or cool like metal sides do.

  • Victoria Banaszak
    January 26, 2019, 3:17 pm

    I love this one! It would be wonderful for me and many of my friends would find it easy and accessible too. It would be cool if they were done as low income housing for the elderly.

  • Kurt
    February 28, 2019, 2:24 am

    The front view is to die for!

    • Kurt
      January 4, 2020, 10:39 pm

      I’m not sure why I didn’t notice last year, but flat roofs are prone to leaking. For that reason alone, I wouldn’t touch this TH.

      • jerry dycus
        January 27, 2020, 9:32 am

        A flat roof done right isn’t a problem and can make a great living space using solar panels for shade as a nice breezy patio with a great view assuming light or no snow loads. Even grow some greens, herbs there.

        • Stephan of Arkansas
          May 21, 2020, 8:17 pm

          My late father was a builder in east Arkansas, USA, where there is a lot of rain. He built beautiful, quality houses and — I think rare for building contractors/developers — he was a sincere and honest man. Anyhow, he often said “NEVER build a structure with a flat or almost-flat roof in a part of the country with a lot of rain!” Many years later I talked with an architect/professor who said “There is nothing wrong with flat roofed structures in rainy areas. Because modern materials for flat roofs are usually guaranteed against leaking for 3 to 5 years.” Three to five years!!!! So in a few short years the owner will have to deal with a leaking flat roof. I rest my case. These comments are respectfully submitted.

  • Eric
    August 6, 2019, 10:36 pm

    I would have thought that the ramp was pretty darned steep myself.

    • e.a.f.
      December 31, 2019, 5:58 pm

      this was built for a specific person and her abilities maybe such that the ramp is fine. Many people use motorized wheelchairs outside of their home and therefore would use the wheelchair to go up and down the ramp. That is what is so great about tiny/small homes, they’re built for an individual and their needs. Tiny/small homes can be very good for some disabled people or people with limited movement. They can get around in their own homes. Higher toilets can be installed along with walk in showers. If the home is built on a family member’s property it gives the person security and independence
      For some with Parkinsons this house would work well. they are able to walk very small distances, so they’d do that inside their homes, and use their motorized wheel chair outside and go up and down the ramp. A hand controlled vehicle and you’re off to live independently

  • Mary
    November 6, 2019, 6:43 pm

    Love this site, so many great ideas. If you are actually building a small/tiny home for your elders you need to think about grandma using a walker to get into and out of the home, can she turn around in the bathroom with her walker, are the doors wide enough for a wheelchair to get thru, if an ambulance has to be called, can they get the stretcher in and out of the bedroom/get to the side of the bed so they can lift grandma onto the stretcher. Strong grab bars in the bathroom are, literally, a life saver! Lots to think about if you are building for the elderly that you don’ t have to concern yourself with otherwise.

  • John Collins
    November 9, 2019, 12:33 pm

    I am a T-12 parapalegic and would like one of these built for me in Cotopaxi, Colorado. I have a stone home on the river here and can not modify the bathroom or anything to fit my needs…been in a chair 25 yrs and time now for accessibility.

    I am ready to build.

    Thank you.

  • Jennifer
    January 7, 2020, 2:10 pm

    Think I saw this one before. I remember liking it a lot

  • agw
    January 7, 2020, 3:31 pm

    Do you sell plans for this tiny?

  • Rosa Espinal
    January 27, 2020, 9:33 am

    I’ve seen this one before and I love it because I don’t see anything that I would change, except to incorporate a stair system in place of the storage under the seating, for me to get up on the bed. This surely was lovingly designed.

  • Amy
    January 27, 2020, 10:31 am

    Lovely!!! I hope to have something similar when I reach an age I cannot live on my own!! Lovely!!!

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