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Update on Tiny Retirement House for My Grandmother

I get lots of requests for updates on the Tiny House project for my grandmother on our family property. So here it is…finally!

I was very torn about sharing the follow-up for one main reason:

I am not comfortable recommending the company we bought it from.

I still consider it a great deal in terms of price: It was $16,000

That’s a lot less expensive than most new, custom-built to our requirements tiny houses.

Knowing that I didn’t want to recommend the builder we used, I also didn’t want to bad-mouth anyone either.

Find out up front how you will handle things with the builder when problems happen like:

– The kitchen sink leaking on the very first day

– All the wood walls inside of the house aren’t sealed

– The shower leaks inside the wall and runs under the linoleum floor

– The AC unit isn’t sealed

– The house isn’t level properly or safely

Make sure you do a lot of research on your tiny house builder. Get recommendations from satisfied customers and owners of tiny houses and spend some time on tiny house blogs and forums.

Still a Great Idea for Retirement

I still recommend getting a tiny house for a grandparent or someone retiring. My grandmother loves being so close and my daughter gets to see her every day this way.

We built a porch on the front of the house that is free-standing. But you could also build a ramp for anyone having difficulty with stairs.

I don’t have any pictures filled with furniture, unfortunately. My grandmother is one step away from being featured in a hoarders episode (ok, a slight exaggeration), so I decided to post pictures with the house empty.

It is my hope that they will serve as inspiration for you or a fellow tiny house enthusiast.


View from Outside of Tiny House

Kitchen in Tiny House

Kitchen in Tiny House



View from Bathroom

View from Bathroom

Loft over Bathroom

Loft over Bathroom

Bedroom Area

Bedroom Area

Front Porch We Built

Front Porch We Built

Article originally published on 06/22/2015

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  1. The house above is a beautiful house but as someone who is in a wheelchair the bathroom is nice but you do not want cabinet under the sink because then you cannot get to the sink the handles were not handicapped accessible because you have to twist them from what I could tell I’m sure I’m wrong then let’s go to the kitchen there’s no way someone who is in a wheelchair could get to the toaster oven or the microwave oven so this person would not be able to eat then let’s go into the I’m guessing bedroom where the air conditioner is up on the wall where someone who is once again in a wheelchair cannot reach it and also put the electrical box in the bathroom and not in the bedroom because personally I would not want to be sleeping next to all that electricity crackle that’s going on next to that box and then there stairs leading in and out of it which is oh I don’t know a big no no for someone who is in a wheelchair and what you need to have is all cabinets that don’t have cabinets underneath the counters using that way someone can actually will up to them instead of having to twist sideways which is painful for some of us who are once again in a wheelchair now you can have an adjusted wheelchair ramp onto the side front or back of a tiny house which is what I’ve done it cost extra and its extra weight but at least you can get in and out of the house all by yourself without crawling on your belly up the stairs

    • Faith Janes says

      While we don’t currently need it to be wheelchair accessible, the wide doorways and ability to switch out the stairs for a ramp would make it work. It’s a nice change from the typical tiny house layout that has skinny doorways and a bed in the loft. The light and AC controls are on a remote as well.

  2. I have one question. .. what size bed are you planning on using?


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