The homeowner of 1618 Muscatine wanted to build a home that was flexible in its utility at her different stages in life, with the ultimate goal of aging-in-place. The interior of the home has spacious rooms with wide hallways and doorways with wheelchair access to the main floor, making it wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. Spacious rooms allows for flexible furniture arrangement to allow the homeowner to create aethetic interest in her space and assure the needs of future homeowners are met, as well. 641 square feet of basement space is able to be converted into bedrooms for future homeowners.
The main floor bathroom is ADA complaint as well, with accessiblity features such as handrails and seated bathing. There is also an attached garage at the main floor of the home for safety from the car to interior, and generous integrated storage space, making small living approachable but not limiting.
The second floor of the home features a 476 square foot accessory dwelling unit (ADU) with private enterance. All residential zoning codes in the city of Iowa City permit accessory dwelling units. The ADU is particularly advantageous to the homeowner because it could serve as private lodging for a family member or 24-hour nurse in later years, or as a tenant dwelling providing a secondary source of income to supplement retirement funds and federal Social Security -- allowing residents to maintain financial independence after retirement. Currently, the ADU is being used for the latter.