ADA Guidelines for Tiny Homes
One of the complaints of most tiny homes is that many of them are not adequate for homeowners who are disabled. Most wheelchairs and other mobility assistive devices can not fit or maneuver around in most tiny homes on wheels or small homes on foundations.
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, ADA compliant home plans are plans that include features that make it more user-friendly for people who are disabled. However, making a home ADA compliant does not make the home just strictly for someone who is disabled, a home with ADA compliant features can also be used for the non-disabled. These features can also translate over to an elderly homeowner or someone who is building a home for retirement living or future medical challenges.
These designs are usually one-story and incorporate details such as no-step entries, wheelchair ramps, wider doorways and hallways, open floor plans and lower door handles, windows and light switches. Bathrooms can contain handrails, walk-in showers and baths, touchless bathroom faucets, and toilet safety seats.
Cozy Home Plans offers the first of several ADA compliant designs in the Cozy line. The 640 square foot Regal Mountain small house plan includes a 6×12 foot covered porch with a side light, an open and spacious living area and kitchen and a coat closet in the living room. The wide hallways contain large doors, a side by side washer and dryer and an ADA compliant bathroom. The master bedroom has a king sized bed. The inside continues into the outside with two doors that lead to a private oasis patio.
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