Tiny House Accessibility – How to make a tiny home for everyone

Have you ever noticed how many tiny houses are on short trailers and built up tall to compensate?  Consider building on a longer trailer frame and plan your bedroom on the first floor.  A decision to, “go long” will dramatically boost your resale value and put your home in front of a much larger target market.

Building tiny houses on short trailers and only loft bedrooms will only attract a young and exuberant 20 something crowd.  Not long ago I was in that group, I had limited income and no credit.  Now I’m older and have more credit, more money and I don’t plan climbing up to a loft for any reason.

What I consider the ideal size for a tiny house – 32 foot trailer

  • Kitchen – 8 feet
  • Dining – 6 feet
  • Office, living room and spare bedroom – 6 feet
  • Bathroom – 6 feet
  • Bedroom – 6 feet
  • Fold down deck on the side, when it is up it covers the door
  • Fold down deck on the end, when it is up it covers the rear door

This is my ideal Tiny home with about 230 sf living space on the first floor.  Your office living room could be converted to a bedroom if your family grows.

You can eliminate 6 feet by combining the, “Dining, Office, Living & Spare Bedroom” and build on a 28 feet trailer.   This will give you about 200 square foot of living space on the first floor.

Here is an almost ideal design using a 16 foot trailer on one level

  • Living Room, Office, Dining Room, Kitchen – 10 feet
  • Bathroom – 6 feet
  • Bedroom – 6 feet
  • Fold down deck on the side, when it is up it covers the door
  • Fold down deck on the end, when it is up it covers the rear door

To attract a broad market you can not break these rules

  • A bedroom space that is not less than 6 feet long and 6 feet wide on the first floor
  • A functional kitchen space with appliances installed that is no less than 12 square feet
  • A standing shower that is 3 feet by three feet wide
  • Room for a toilet 3 feet wide and 40 inches long when door is closed
  • Dressing area that is 3 feet by 4 feet
  • Minimum furnished aisle width through the entire house is 3 feet

Using these rules a tiny house can be built for a mass market on a minimum 16 foot trailer.