The Beachcomber Bungalow is an efficient and wheelchair accessible, 1BR, 1BA cottage in 576 ft2 of A/C space. It has a front porch and an ample sundeck. There’s an electric fireplace planned in the living room. The ceilings are vaulted, and there’s lots of natural light. An option makes the cottage accessible via a ramp to the sundeck for use by anyone who finds steps difficult. It is energy-efficient, sustainable, and storm-resilient due its construction of Structural Insulated Panels (SIP’s) which are manufactured by New Panel Homes in Englewood.
Banyan Tree Construction has included many features which promote the owner’s ability to successfully age-in-place. There’s optional, under-the-counter, refrigerator/freezer drawers; an optional, under-the-counter, combination, clothes washer/dryer unit; roll-under kitchen & bathroom sinks; a roll-under countertop range; an eye-level, countertop microwave/convection oven; a roll-in shower, and a comfort-height toilet.
Decorative, enamel grab-bars can be installed adjacent to the toilet and in the shower. These grab-bars also function as towel racks when not otherwise needed. There are 36” wide doorways and 5ft. diameter, clear-turning areas throughout the cottage. You can choose to have an on-demand, tank-less, hot water system and insulated windows. The roof is long-lasting metal, and the entire structure is termite resistant.
The cottage has been designed for either a single person or a couple. It helps meet the needs of persons with disabilities including the frail elderly, and it provides a very valuable asset to those who are planning to enhance their ability to age-in-place and remain in their own homes.
This home is an effective environment in which to receive care at home. It enhances ones ability to avoid institutionalization; to stay in ones own home; and to selectively purchase supported-living services as needed.
Our concept particularly appeals to those who have already managed the care of their elders and who have gained a greater appreciation for accessibility. This retirement cottage could not only be a preferred alternative; it could ultimately provide a less expensive one.