Age Friendly Lifemark® 3-Star ‘Container Home.’

Deck and outdoor living area at this container home.

A container home in Taupo is the latest home to debunk the myth that to achieve a Lifemark® rating you need a larger footprint.

The modern home with lake views in the picturesque suburb of Acacia Bay is constructed from 2×20’ new shipping containers and has a footprint of approximately 30m2.

We spoke to the Director and entrepreneur at IQ Container homes, Brenda Kelly, about how she achieved a Lifemark® 3-Star rating.

“With careful design it is absolutely possible to achieve a Lifemark® rating in a smaller footprint. For example, a large sliding partition between living and bedroom area supports ease of movement in a smaller space when open but provides the ability to close off, when separate rooms and privacy is desired.”

Open plan bedroom with slider & kitchen space

Space in the right place is critical for a small yet Universally Designed home.

“This home has a larger bathroom than traditional tiny homes, which increases usability when needed particularly for older occupants who may be reliant on walking aids: sticks or frames etc  and level access off both the living area and bedroom to the outdoor deck area provides easy movement through the spaces for added comfort” Says Brenda

The minor dwelling demonstrates Lifemark® Standards can work with any home design and any home size.

So why did Brenda want an Age-friendly home in Taupo?

“With an aging population, we will see a greater demand for age friendly homes in the Taupo region. While this minor dwelling was initially designed to be an Airbnb rental, I wanted it to also serve as a place my folks would feel comfortable staying as they age.

There are plenty positives, when it comes to resale, I wanted something that would appeal to families who are after a practical granny flat in order to have their aging loved ones close at hand while maintaining their independence.”

So, what are some of the Age-friendly features of this container home?

Flush, level access into the home and from the home to outside deck areas, wider doorways, slip resistant flooring and decking, power points and switches at convenient heights, lever handles and ’invisible’ grab rails in the bathroom and shower.

Level entry

The grab rails are dual purpose, with the toilet one doubling up as a toiler roll holder, while in the shower it is also a storage shelf., Great examples of invisible design so aesthetics aren’t compromised.

Dual purpose toilet roll/grab rail

And yes, we did mention Airbnb.  Brenda believes a Lifemark® rating creates great marketability for her home on the rental site. You can see some of this home’s age-friendly features on Airbnb which is great, it “opens up the holiday accommodation market to those who would otherwise be apprehensive or reluctant to travel.”

But you better get in quick if you are planning a couple’s summer holiday get away to Taupo.

Brenda’s bookings are “coming in thick and fast” in the lead up to summer.

Parking and pathway leading to the level entrance of this Taupo home.

To see the Airbnb listing…click here… –

This home was designed by our Lifemark® Design Partner IQ Container homes.



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