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Woman's tiny home was designed to be elderly-, disability-, and mobility-friendly

June 29th, 2021

In recent years tiny homes have taken the internet by storm. The idea of living simply is enticing to many as our lives are full to the brim of material objects. And, of course, there is the aesthetic aspect of a tiny home!

In Melbourne, Victoria, one woman built an amazing tiny house on her daughter’s farmland to keep her close to her family while retaining self-sufficiency in a home that is comfortable and safe for her.

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Having a tiny home also allows Merle to move it in the event her daughter, Ferne, sells the land, which means her investment won’t ever be left behind.

It even has a veranda where Merle spends most of her time doing crafts. Complete with a beautiful view that comes with baby kangaroos, this tiny home has it all.

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Well designed and comfortable, everything is accessible for someone of older age, including non-slip flooring and flush doorways to help keep Merle from an accidental fall.

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As a tiny home, Ferne was able to look at every detail to ensure it is safe for her mom, whereas in a full-sized home, it would be difficult and costly to do this. For example, the fly screens and blinds are all push-button, so Merle doesn’t have to lift them, possibly straining herself.

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Another aspect of the home that is push-button is Merle’s bed. It raises up and down to allow for extra seating during the day without having to lift or pull down a murphy bed or stairs to a loft.

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When you hear tiny home, you might think it is cramped, and there isn’t enough room to move around comfortably, but that can not be further from the truth for a well-designed home.

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In tiny homes, you can implement many different techniques to save space and make the necessities practical by serving multi-purposes. This includes storage under benches and tables that can fold away.

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And in this case, because the home is also accessible, every aspect of it has been well thought out.

This also includes the possibility of future need for a wheelchair and the current use of a walker.

The home allows Merle to be completely independent, whereas she would need assistance to do daily tasks and maintain the home in a normal home. She says it only takes her half an hour to clean the home, and that sounds like a dream to us!

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When asked what her favorite thing about living in this tiny home she says everything! She can’t choose just one thing because the house is tailormade to her needs and allows her to live easily, comfortably, and fully.

A house doesn’t have to be large to be a home, and Merle is proof of this. Her tiny home is warm and inviting and has everything she needs, including her family right next door.

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A tiny house can range from simple to extravagant, inexpensive to costly, depending on what you want out of it. But that is one of the great things about this type of house; anyone can design or build one from scratch, customizing it completely to fit needs and budget.

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Do you think you could live in a tiny home? Be sure to check out the tour of this accessible tiny home in the video below.

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Source: Living Big In A Tiny House

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