Custom Ordering and Construction
Each WheelPad order is unique, offering a chance to tailor your habitat to your lifestyle. Base building models exist to begin, then customization can be limitless.
Delivery and Installation
WheelPad can be installed in as little as a week, minimizing construction disruption. Delivery for our standard model can be made by a heavy duty pick up truck, helping to keep costs down.
Delightfully efficient in a small form, each interior features pleasing design seamlessly integrated with accessibility features like a built in ceiling track, spacious bathroom with curb-less shower, and appropriately placed outlets & switches.
Sustainable & Eco-Friendly
WheelPad is built with materials that are meant to last, from renewable and non-toxic sources. High R-values keep heating & cooling costs to a minimum, and the finishes result in little to no off-gassing so you can breathe, and rest, easy.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Wheel Pad?
Wheel Pad is a ‘personal accessible dwelling’ - approximately 200 square feet of ADA compliant (we actually surpass all regulations) living space comprised of a bedroom and an attached bathroom. Wheel Pad is designed to be connected to an existing home, allowing loved ones to stay at home comfortably once their mobility changes while ensuring that they have privacy and dignity. Wheel Pad is manufactured in a factory, so it arrives ready to go, avoiding construction delays and general disruption to daily life. The accessibility features, such as the built-in ceiling track, curb-less shower, doors, and switches/outlets are seamlessly integrated into the clean & modern aesthetic which features plaster walls, natural woodwork, and stainless steel.
Who can use Wheel Pad?
Anyone, however Wheel Pad was specially designed for people with mobility issues, including spinal cord injuries and ALS. Wheel Pad provides temporary or permanent living quarters attached to a friend or family member’s existing home. This could be someone with a spinal cord injury learning to live in a wheelchair, staying with family or friends while s/he figures out a long term plan. It could be someone in need of hospice care who would rather be with family than in a facility or someone in need of a little extra help while they adjust to a new way of life with new mobility. Wheel Pad allows for people to be with family or friends so they can take a breath and determine for themselves the best, long-term solution.
Is Wheel Pad universally accessible?
Yes. Wheel Pad is universally accessible. It was designed by architect Joseph Cincotta of LineSync Architecture in collaboration with Riley Poor, who is successfully living with tetraplegia. Advisors also include Owen Milne, successfully living with quadriplegia and Ben Underhill, successfully living with paraplegia. Wheel Pad is optimized for maximum accessibility, firmness, commodity and delight. Raised to the level of the house with customized support, Wheel Pad can be equipped with a ramp to allow its inhabitant independent access to the outside.
How big is Wheel Pad?
The Norwich Model (our standard model) exterior dimensions are 26’ long by 8’ 6” wide per Federal Highway limits, including an approximately 30’’ deep utility room which may vary to accommodate improved technology. The overall square footage is just over 220 square feet, which is comparable to a hotel room or a one car garage. The Norwich Model has a shed roof, comes on wheels, meets Federal Highway limits for weight, and can be pulled by a heavy duty pick-up truck.
Wheel Pad XL, our latest model, is 12' wide by 20' long, easily accommodating a queen size bed. Wheel Pad XL has a gabled roof. Ceiling height ranges from 8'7'' at the peak to 7'4'' at the ceiling line. Wheel Pad XL does not come on wheels, and is considered a 'wide load', requiring a licensed hauler to transport.
Custom sizes and features available.
How much room is needed to install Wheel Pad?
Approximately 30’ by 12‘ feet of flat land, next to a house where the Wheel Pad will be placed. This includes a 4’ x 6’ temporary connection to the existing home and a pathway wide enough to access the Wheel Pad placement location.
What are the zoning regulations regarding Wheel Pad?
Because it is on a mobile frame, Wheel Pad qualifies as an RV. In some cases, off highway parking laws may state that living in an RV on your property is illegal, however, this information varies from city to city. Wheel Pad will be happy to assist our customers in obtaining any interim use permits or other qualifications needed to use our service.
Connecticut Customers: In 2018 Senator Osten was successful in passing Senate Bill 922, An Act Concerning Temporary Health Care Structures legislation allows municipalities to issue permits for the installation of temporary health care structures on lots zoned for single-family residential dwellings.
How do life safety building code regulations apply?
Wheel Pad is connected to a public room, such as a living or dining room. Our code consultant can address any concerns with local authorities.
What about water and electricity?
Wheel Pad is powered by a 50 amp power source originating directly from the primary residence. As part of the placement process, our electrician installs an exterior 50 amp outlet, prior to installation. This approach allows a higher energy pull to keep the unit warm during harsh winters. A solar PV panel option hook up is available through customization.
How does plumbing work?
Wheel Pad is equipped with an internal 90 gallon septic tank, serviceable by a waste management partner on a predetermined schedule (approximately every 8 weeks). A longer term solution may be arranged with the host house depending upon regulatory and physical piping conditions at the host home. As being green and sustainable is part of the Wheel Pad mission, a grey water filter enables occupants to safely disperse filtered shower and sink water for use as irrigation. Our standard offering includes an ultra low flush, .86 gallons toilet, if the pipes in the house are in good condition. A composting toilet option requires a slightly larger Wheel Pad utility module, and is available through customization.
Does Wheel Pad leave a permanent footprint?
Wheel Pad is not a permanent attachment, so any footprint left behind is completely repairable. Our illustrations show an option of making the connection an attractive part of the landscape. When Wheel Pad is removed, the outdoor deck could be extended back to the house to create a patio and ramp that can serve the house in the future.
How much does Wheel Pad cost?
Standard Wheel Pad versions will be available for lease starting at $1,500/month.
The base price to purchase a Wheel Pad is $75,000. Delivery and installation are additional, given the unique circumstances of each location.
Customization options are available for additional fees and include a larger bedroom, built-in lighting upgrades, composting toilet, solar photo voltaic panels, and more.
Can I customize my Wheel Pad?
Wheel Pad is highly customizable via LineSync Architecture. We’re happy to provider specialty finishes, bump outs, solar power, designs for specific sleep preferences and more. Have a specific request? Let us know and we will do our best to try and accommodate.
What is an L3C?
A low-profit limited liability company (L3C) is a legal form of business entity in the United States that was created to bridge the gap between nonprofit and for-profit investing by providing a structure that facilitates investments in socially beneficial, for-profit ventures by simplifying compliance with Internal Revenue Service rules for program-related investments, a type of investment that private foundations are allowed to make.\
What does the sales order process entail?
A purchase and sales contract signals the start of the order process. A $2000 deposit is required at this time. Wheel Pad staff will work with you step by step to obtain the necessary permits and permissions. The permitting process includes drawings of the site and specs for installation, including a ramp. If we fail to obtain permits your deposit is completely refundable.
Once permits are in place we work with you and your local contractor to develop a plan for the construction of the connector and schedule a delivery based on the timeline for completing the requested customization (if any), and available stock.
Do you offer in-home care services or preferred partners for caregiving?
At this time, no.
Have more questions, or need clarity? Please contact us!