Houstonians Seeking Small Spaces

March 31, 2011

Laura Ingalls had one.  Little girls have one.  Hunters have one. 

Laura Ingalls wrote about her little house on the prairie.  Little

Today's Boomers Demand More Choices in Independent Lifestyles

 girls decorate and furnish their little backyard play houses.  Hunters and family vacationers spend their weekends sprucing up, fixing up and making their little retreat a home away from home.

Little spaces.  A place we like to call our own. 
 We spend our childhoods building forts out of blankets and card tables or cast-off lumber among the tree tops.  We spend our adulthood retreating to cabins at the beach or in the woods.

There’s something intriguing about small spaces, especially small places we can call our own.

Maybe that’s the appeal of the sudden growth in backyard cottages, cabins on wheels, or temporary backyard structures that come equipped with everything from enhanced lighting to wheelchair accessibility.

Our eldercare studies and surveys tell us that the number one desire for seniors is to live at home and to live independently.  However, we know that lifestyles must be adapted as we age and the Baby Boomer population is forever rewriting society and community rules.


Seniors Look at Non-Traditional Housing for Their Retirement

As Boomers, we witnessed the struggle that our parents and grandparents faced as they sought to maintain their independent lifestyle while being guided toward retirement homes, nursing homes and other homes that “weren’t quite home”.

Today, our internet and senior publications are brimming with alternative solutions such a MEDCottages or “granny pods”, as they have been dubbed.  Several states have their own version of “Tiny Texas Houses”, mobile cottages crafted from reclaimed materials.

The concept behind these cottages and self-contained apartments is that they can be tucked in behind an existing home or they can be integrated into a communal living area where each cottage occupant helps with the upkeep of a common area and skills are shared among the group.   

A start-up company is promoting a prefabricated, transportable, ADA-compliant and accessible bathroom.  This temporary structure is marketed toward multi-story homes that do not have ground floor bathrooms or the existing bathroom cannot accommodate a wheelchair.

Backyard cottages may offer at-home adaptations for accommodating an onsite family caregiver.  Or, a senior may wish to develop a more independent lifestyle by creating an self-contained home environment near an adult child.

Whatever the choices may be, more options are becoming available as our aging population demands more alternatives for senior living.

You can read more about some the options mentioned above by visiting Tiny Texas Houses  or Stay at Home Additions or MEDCottage.  

Do you have a special place tucked into the corner of a backyard garden?  If so, tell us about your secret corner of the world.

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