The world’s ageing population is growing, and the number of older persons aged 60 years or over is expected to more than double by 2050.
Making adaptable, affordable and sustainable homes for elderly people, while they retain as much independence as possible, is becoming more prevalent now thanks to those creative minds with tiny house ideas.
Josh Wynne built a small house on his small farm in Sarasota on Florida’s Gulf Coast for his father and senior citizen, Mike Wynne, making it stylish as well as functional and sustainable.
Designed for disabled accessibility, the modern one-room was crafted for aging in place and prioritises sustainability in its use of recycled materials and low-energy footprint.
Josh Wynne incorporated many features to accommodate his father Mike Wynne, who has health issues that limit his mobility. He sized the doors to accommodate a wheelchair.
The tiny home was built efficiently with mostly local and recycled materials. The Southern yellow pine for the framing material is lumber from the construction site of a nearby housing development and was treated with boric acid for termite control. Wood panelling inside the home is also the same Southern yellow pine.
Josh Wynne, himself a craftsman, had an energy-efficient central cooling and heating system custom-made and said the energy bill averages only $25 a month, even during the summer.
The small size home makes it easier to get around in and means less cleaning and maintenance.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea