For those thinking about -- or willing to think about -- living in a tiny home in retirement, here are some of the most important design features to consider:
 Main-floor bedroom. Leave the lofts to those who are younger and nimbler. Not only does going up and down a ladder increase the risk of falls, but it also increases the strain on already achy joints. Our Blue Heron R-model single-level floor plan offers a full bed (or pull-out sofa), a kitchen, a bathroom and storage, all in less than 300 square feet.
 Easy-to-reach storage. Loft storage is fine for things you rarely need to retrieve, such as holiday decorations. If you require an occasional hand pulling down those items, ask a friend or family member to stop by. But closets and other storage areas that you access daily shouldn't involve the use of a ladder (or awkward stooping or stretching, for that matter). A friend or family member won't be around every time you need to reach clean socks or a spare roll of paper towels. Built-in drawers beneath beds and sofas are among the clever storage solutions found in tiny homes.
 A full bath. Ideally, it should come equipped with a raised toilet -- typically a couple of inches taller than a standard toilet -- for comfort and a walk-in shower for safety. The Blue Heron R-model model offers a 48-by-36-inch standing shower with a seat, the same width you'd find in a full-size home. Grab bars in the bathroom can cut the odds of slipping on wet floors. So, too, can slip-resistant flooring.
Accessibility. You might be active and healthy when you move into a tiny home, but age catches up with everyone. Build low to avoid steps, if possible.

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