Tiny houses have become an increasingly popular phenomenon, with the world buzzing about the possibility of packing the amenities found in full-sized houses into these smaller packages that have lesser footprints overall. They’re stylish, compact, and often filled with custom features to suit the individual needs of their occupants. One of their bigger selling points is affordability – you can purchase one of these from any of the leading tiny house companies for between $30,000 and $80,000. For different figures under $20,000, some people have even been able to construct models of their own to live in. You’d find that most of the people embracing tiny houses are younger environmentalists looking for affordable housing options, while others hope these houses from the 'tiny home' building industry will work well for with people with disabilities.
Tiny houses are able to be customized to meet the needs each individual owner. The design can make use of materials suited to the person for comfort as well and create something like a haven for them to feel safe. A tiny house can provide people with disabilities with much-needed privacy, even if they want to stay on the same property as their family or move somewhere different. Tiny houses could also give people with disabilities wheelchair friendly outdoor spaces for their pets and remove the problem of landlords. The smaller spaces in tiny houses make them for feasible for higher mobility and also for people with poor vision.
It makes sense that several millions of people who struggle getting affordable housing with the necessary amenities want to live in tiny houses, but couldn’t they also be equally beneficial to those in wheelchairs? Tiny houses could be more functional than RVs or travel trailers but it’s often important to also consider the ease of towing these houses around with their weight. If you’re looking for wheelchair-friendly houses that are also flexible, then you might want to stay away from some of the heavier, feature-packed tiny houses.
Zoning also poses a major challenge for those seeking to make tiny houses their permanent homes, because most communities tend to have limitations and required minimum square footage for outbuildings. Although several companies offer tiny houses that could be an option for people with various disabilities, some of the top builders include Getaway, Zyl Vardos, the pricier Wheel Pad and MEDCottage, which is aimed at providing affordable assisted living to seniors. Many of these companies have their disadvantages and advantages and because the individual circumstances of each person with a disability vary, one would have to access the options and consider what works best for them. So, to answer the question of whether wheelchair friendly tiny houses could be a huge deal for people with disabilities? We’ll have to see. Depending on the needs and budget of the person looking for a home, it could be the right or wrong housing solution.
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