little houses for limited mobility

Don’t cross little cozy houses off your wish list, if you or your loved ones have limited mobility. Small places aren’t only for energetic, ladder-climbing loft dwellers anymore — and may work well as secondary units, retirement abodes or vacation spots.

Hobbitat's Blue Sky model sports 455 square feet and accommodates disabled visitors or residents. (hobbitatspaces.com)

Hobbitat’s Blue Sky model sports 455 square feet and accommodates disabled visitors or residents. (hobbitatspaces.com)

We’re pleased to shine light on Hobbitat, a tiny house builder which already complies with the ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) through its Blue Sky house plans. Hobbitat may be the first tiny builder to do so!

In the Blue Sky home, you'll find a sleeping nook for two which is separate from the great room. (hobbitatspaces.com)

In the Blue Sky home, you’ll find a sleeping nook for two which is separate from the great room. (hobbitatspaces.com)

To accommodate wheelchairs and/or walkers, small homes need to have wider doors and more open living spaces to maneuver around. It may translate into adding a bit of square footage to fit perfectly.

Here;s the Blue Sky great room and kitchen, looking down from a second, lofted sleeping area. (hobbitatspaces.com)

Here’s the Blue Sky great room and kitchen, looking down from a second, lofted sleeping area. (hobbitatspaces.com)

To serve physically limited users, bathroom space becomes more spacious than what’s typically found in a tiny house. Extra bathroom fixtures and wall bars get installed to comply with the ADA.

There's a full-sized bathroom in Blue Sky, likely appreciated by disabled and able-bodied users alike. (hobbitatspaces.com)

There’s a full-sized bathroom in Blue Sky, likely appreciated by disabled and able-bodied users alike. (hobbitatspaces.com)

Hobbitat sells its Blue Sky construction plans ($450) directly. Alternatively you could arrange for the company to build, deliver and place a home on your prepared pier foundation. More information about ordering is here.

2 thoughts on “little houses for limited mobility

    1. Great! It’s best to decide your preferred style of home with one-floor living first.

      We suggest reaching the Blue Sky home designer and builder, Hobbitat, at (301) 387-6022, their website, or at 2298 Cranesville Rd, Oakland, MD 21550. They sell plans and also build homes, if you live near Maryland.

      Beyond the pure cottage, we found a few other wheelchair accessible homes that might be interesting. Take a look at traditional European styles here and here, or even a cool, modern home here.

      Many one-level homes may be slightly modified for ADA compliance or your needs, and House Plans offers design services to adjust their plans. See two of their top designs, a Fine Homebuilding Editor’s Choice here and Howie Award winner here.

      Are you interested in any pre-fabs? It’s possible to order materials and have a local contractor/builder assemble them as well. Jamaica Cottages can be reasonable if you like pure cabin styles, with a larger entry. Or some of the smaller-sized Lindal homes are pricier possibilities.

      Keep up posted on your hunt.

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