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Features of a Granny Pod

Updated: Aug 20, 2023

As our loved ones age, they may require a change in living situation. A granny pod is a small, self-contained dwelling that provides an independent space for older family members to live in close proximity to their loved ones. In this article, we will explore some of the most important features of a Granny Pod.

What features can be included in a granny pod?

Granny pods can come in all shapes and sizes and can be very flexible to suit your needs, from a high level the design should be senior focused. Some of the common names given to this kind of design are; universal designs, handicap-accessible , ADA-compliant designs, and accessibility-focused designs.


In this blog, we'll break down some core features that should be considered in your Granny Pod.

1. Granny Pod Layout

The size and layout of a granny pod can vary depending on the needs of the occupant. They can range in size from 300 to 1,200 square feet and may feature one or two bedrooms, a bathroom (typically handicap accessible), a living area, and a kitchenette or full kitchen. Some granny pods may also include a garage or storage area.


2. Accessibility Features

Granny pods are designed with accessibility in mind, making them an ideal living solution for seniors or those with disabilities. They often feature wider doorways, grab bars in the bathroom, and zero-step entryways to accommodate individuals with mobility issues. Additionally, the layout of the living space is designed to be easily navigable for those with mobility issues.

Accessibility Examples:

Living Space

  • Non-slip flooring to reduce the risk of falls

  • Tear away vanity that converts intro Wheelchair Accessible Vanity

  • Lower cabinets as drawer style to for easier access

  • Pocket doors

  • Wider doorways and hallways to accommodate a wheelchair or walker

  • Large, easy-to-use controls for appliances and electronics

  • Soundproofing to reduce noise and provide a quiet living environment

  • Lever-style door handles and faucets that are easy to operate

  • Lowered light switches & raised outlets to accommodate individuals in a wheelchair

  • Lower than usual upper cabinets for easier access

  • Raised washer and dryer units to eliminate bending over

  • Combo washer/dryer units to eliminate switching over loads

  • Pull out garbage cans for easier access

  • Backlit light switches

Granny Pod kitchen with accessible countertops, cabinets, and appliances for independent living.

Granny Pod bathroom with roll-in shower and grab bars for accessible bathing.

  • Roll-In Shower

  • Grab bars in the bathroom to provide support and stability

  • Accessible shower system featuring stacked mixing valve and hand-height shower wand

  • Shower modules with 100% built-in backer for "where-ever-you-want" future grab bars

  • Bathroom heater fan

  • Bathroom radiant heat bulbs

  • Bidet

  • High-rise toilet - OR - Double high-rise toilet


  • Zero-step entryways to eliminate barriers to entry

  • Adjustable lighting to accommodate individuals with visual impairments

  • Low threshold exterior doors

  • Traffic Design for wheelchair travel

  • Rocker-style light switches

  • Addition set as the same elevation as a home for zero elevation change

  • Wheelchair durable flooring

  • Smoke/CO detectors that radio waves interconnect with an existing home to ensure the living spaces communicate

  • Smart Tech monitoring systems

  • Overhead ceiling lift

  • Recirculating pump for instant hot water

  • Electrical usage meter

  • Water usage meter

  • Ramps

  • Vertical Platform Lift

Granny Pod with space-saving all-in-one washer and dryer for convenient laundry.

3. Customizable Features

Granny pods are highly customizable and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the

occupant. For example, if the occupant has a specific medical condition, the granny pod can be designed to accommodate their medical equipment and supplies.


4. Affordability

The cost of a Granny Pod can vary based on factors such as location, size, and features, but on average, they range from $70,000 to $250,000. This may seem like a significant investment, so it is important to consider the long-term financial benefits of a Granny Pod:

  • Purchasing a Granny Pod is an investment. After purchasing the Granny Pod it is owned by the family and when parents pass away the living space can be used for other family members, or rented out and used to generate passive income.

  • Granny Pod can provide seniors with the opportunity to age in place, avoiding the need for costly assisted living facilities.

  • Granny Pods can offer cost savings in terms of living expenses, as seniors may be able to share household expenses with their families


Learn More about Linked Living Homes and how we bring families together and promote family living, especially for the elderly and those with special needs through modular home additions.

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