Thursday, January 21, 2016

Aging in Place in your Tiny Home

To tiny-home or not to tiny-home, that is the question.  

I have had the opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of living in a tiny-home with hundreds of people during the last ten years, and among the more mature adults the statement is always, “I’m not climbing a ladder to get to my bed”.  

The older you get the more you realize that universal design and being able to age in place are at the top of the priority list when making a choice of a home; tiny-home or not.  

Because I now find myself in that older group, but still have the dream of living tiny on purpose, (and did I mention I have a BS Interior Design degree) I have made it my goal this year to design a line of tiny-size to park-size homes that will meet the physical and emotional needs of Baby Boomers and the generation that follows.

As a designer I begin with questions like -

·  Will the owner be a couple or a single adult?
·  Do they need separate sleeping areas or can they sleep together?
·  Do they need space for walking aids?
·  Do they need additional outlets in the bedroom, bathroom and living area for medical reasons?
·  Do they need a tub or a shower for bathing?
·  What hobbies need to be taken into consideration?
·  Do the owners love to cook or is a microwave all they use?
·  Do they have medications that require refrigeration?
·  Do they participate in juicing or eating fresh, creating the need for a larger refrigerator?
·  Can they navigate one step, but not a ladder or staircase?
·  Do they have a pet?
·  Will they be traveling with their tiny-home?
·  Will they be permanently parked on private land or backyard?
·  Will they be permanently parked in a private park?

You have to ask the same type of questions as when building a traditional home, and many more due to the limited amount space in a tiny-home. 

It all boils down to, what the owner is willing to live without, and what they deem as esential for quality of life.

If you are interested in building a tiny home of your own, but need help with the design and layout, I am here to assist: Linda Quiggle - .

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