The tiny house movement is going strong. We’ve seen all kinds of tiny houses, built from scratch or repurposed from shipping containers and old school buses. The appeal is that they’re energy efficient, use greatly reduced power and resources, many use repurposed materials, and some are even mobile. Plus, they’re all so cute and cozy.
As practical and efficient as tiny houses are, they’re not always for everyone. The narrow spaces, tiny bathrooms, and the ladders to sleeping lofts can be hard, if not impossible, to navigate for elderly and disabled people, and especially for those reliant on wheelchairs to get around.
In fact, the classic ladder-to-the-loft idea has been a problem that many tiny home builders and dwellers have had to face, especially when considering future mobility.
So what do they do if they want a tiny house? Are they out of luck?
No, thanks to a design company called LineSync Architecture, which has developed the “Wheel Pad,” a wheelchair-friendly tiny home. The first Wheel Pad is currently located in Wilmington, Vermont.
The Wheel Pad looks like any other tiny house from outside, except for the shallow ramp zigzagging up to the front door. And inside, the whole house has been specially designed with input from health nurses, physicians, and physical and occupational therapists to make everything accessible for wheelchair users.
Check out the Wheel Pad below, and see how it’s opening up living options to those living with mobility issues. It doesn’t skimp on style, either!