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by Darren

I enjoy your blog and wanted to send some info about a new company in the Hudson Valley (New York State) that I am helping. The company is called ECHO Cottages

LTD and they build ECHO Cottages for the senior market. ECHO stands for Elderly Cottage Housing Opportunity. ECHO Cottages LTD has developed and constructed a 400 square foot mobile unit that will provide a complete living environment for seniors who have entered a time in their life when living alone or distant from help is difficult.

The ECHO Cottage is leased and removed from the lease’s space as soon as living arrangements change. This is an affordable option to assisted living facilities which cannot be built fast enough to keep pace with the growing over 80 population, moving in to an existing room in a child’s house, or adding a costly addition to a family member’s house.

Echo Kitchen

ECHO Cottages believes that in the years to come, housing for he elderly will be scarce and have a critical impact on the health and well being of families everywhere. The ECHO Cottage is placed right on the property of the host house and is hooked up to existing plumbing and electric. Safe, close to family, dignified, and affordable. The ECHO Cottage is a positive answer to what could be a difficult problem.

Echo Living Room

It would be fantastic to be a part of your blog. The ECHO Cottages are only for elderly occupants and will require documentation of need and use by the host property. New zoning laws are being put into place starting January 2013 in the Hudson Valley where ECHO Cottages LTD is based. Many towns have zoning laws already in place permitting the ECHO Cottage.

ECHO Bedroom

ECHO Bathroom

ECHO exterior

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yulaffin - December 18, 2012 Reply

Very nice. I could be happy in one of those cottages. My only question is what about accessibility? Can these homes be made without the stairs or with a ramp?

    Bob Novak - December 19, 2012 Reply

    Our cottages come with stairs, and for an option we can offer a wheel chair lift that attaches to the side of the porch. Inside the doors and hall are wide enough for a wheel chair lift and the shower is barrier free.

    Eric Schrader - December 25, 2012 Reply

    I am developing “senior friendly” park models specifically designed to be user friendly and fully accessible with a permanent or modular ramp. The floorplans are specifically designed to accommodate seniors with wheelchairs with wider hallways, oversized baths and numerous options to enhance their liveability. All plans will have lofts, accessible by strategically positioned 30″ wide stairs leading to up to 150 sf of living space or pull down stairs leading to insulated storage space. I am currently seeking the best manufacturer to accommodate my specifications. Pricing will start in the low $ 40’s. Send me your email address if you are interested in further information.

      Christine Ferguson - February 12, 2013 Reply

      Hello Eric,

      I am in Spain, similarly interested for this age group and a park -type home able to withstand considerable heat and cold. How does yours differ from what’s already on the mobile market?

      Best Wishes,

      Tiny House Blog participant and enthusiast!

      jan - June 18, 2019 Reply

      Dear Eric,
      May I please ask if you have developed senior friendly park models — I live in PA. Could you ever work along with developers in this area (near Monroeville, PA area or closeby). I have been looking for developers who could create single units for seniors- instead of units that share walls.

      Maybe three units or ‘pods’ with four other ‘pods’ in this area, with a total of 12 units — and in the center, a park like setting. (And then repeat the same in nearby areas.) Thank you, Eric. I hope to hear from you. Blessings, Jan
      (I could send you names of developers you could work along with, in this area.)

    Marielle Timinsky - June 20, 2019 Reply

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    young - November 9, 2019 Reply

    Elder Cottages are the answer to keeping your older friends and family members with you, while preserving their independence and your own privacy.

Chris - December 18, 2012 Reply


Do you know what the monthly lease payments are? Also, do you have a website or contact point so people can obtain information about starting a similar program in other areas?



    Bob Novak - December 20, 2012 Reply

    hi chris, in response to your question our target lease is $1,300 per month on a month to month lease.(in our area about 1/3 the cost of an assisted living facility)There is also a fee to hook up the cottage to the main house water, electric, sewer/septic, lay in wires for the security/monitoring system, cable tv and internet connection. we also level the cottage on piers and anchor to the ground in 6 locations, remove the hitch assembly and store it to be used when we remove the cottage, install the stairs and porch and fully skirt the entire cottage to hide the undercarriage. the picket fence and landscaping is only done on this cottage because this is our model and it is set up in a parking lot. Normally our ECHO Cottages are set in the rear yards of the adult child’s home for their senior parent, when they can no longer live alone, and don’t want to go into an assisted living facility. this way everyone maintains their privacy and a degree of independence.

      TM - December 20, 2012 Reply

      I think $ 1300 a month is a bit too high for me .( I am disabled and I only have 1 / 3 of that price for my monthly living ) so I don’t think I can afford it . This tiny house is pretty though . Thanks , TM.

        Gypsy Marlowe - December 24, 2012 Reply

        These are pretty and quite nice. I could be comfortable living in one of these but my goodness, the price! I live on social security and a 400 sq ft. place here would rent for $350. You could rent a four bedroom home completely furnished for what you are asking for these. I think maybe if your market is for seniors you should rethink the price and maybe make them available to lease or lease to own. This price is just too much for the space.

          bob novak - December 26, 2012 Reply

          Hi Gypsy I am sure you can find an apartment cheaper than our lease price. But can you bring that apartment and place it 25 feet from your son or daughter’s back door? and only have it there for the time that you need it and not have to pay realestste taxes on it for the rest of their lives? We admit our concept is not for everyone, it is ment as an option for assisted living facilities, and they are generally much more expensive, and not as convenient. thank you for looking at ECHO Cottages Bob Novak

      airstreamingypsy - December 22, 2012 Reply

      $1300 a month for seniors? Wow, they could live cheaper in a campground. Most seniors live on social security, I doubt they can hand their whole check over to rent… they still need to eat.

      Brenda - December 23, 2012 Reply

      I have to agree with many of the other commenter’s about pricing for elderly. The cottages are more than worth the prices you have posted but not really affordable for most elderly people. I would have loved to have had one of these instead of my home for the last 35 years, these “tiny houses” are much more my style. If my house wasn’t already paid for when the bottom fell out of the economy I would be living in my daughters basement, as it is I barely get by on $900 a month so even to rent one of these is way out of my league. Too bad, they really are beautiful.

        Bob Novak - December 24, 2012 Reply

        Hi Brenda ECHO Cottages Ltd were developed as an alternative to assisted living facilities that in our area run from $4,000-$6,000 per month so at $1,300 per month plus hook up fees, we are tens of thousands per year more affordable, plus much more convenient for every one, please check out our website for more information or email me directly at with further questions. or because i am a much better talker than typer call me toll free at 1-877-WHY ECHO and have a Merry Christmas, Bob Novak

          Virginia - January 19, 2013 Reply

          Really like the idea of park models but who can afford $1300/month leasing fee? Even $500 would seem steep to me. If you buy a park model and put it in a nice park with amenities, you should not be paying over $250/month for leasing. Remember you still owe real estate taxes on it also.

    bob novak - December 23, 2012 Reply

    Hi Chris our website is thank you for looking and have a Merry Christmas.Bob Novak

      Carolyn B - December 23, 2012 Reply

      Mr Novak, if I understood the video on your website correctly, this is a leased housing option only, not ownership. Boo #1. Ownership should be considered heavily as by the time Mom dies and doesn’t need the house unit anymore, the caretaking child probably will for themselves or a second income source as they near retirement.

      Boo #2 is re: the stairs only construction with the option of a lift. Many seniors will have mobility problems even going to a wheelchair before a nursing home or a casket is required. Your company really needs to help itself by creating a ramped option for these homes.

      Otherwise, nice video and concept for senior housing.

        Bob Novak - December 24, 2012 Reply

        Good morning Carolyn, the reason for the month to month lease is because in the area where we started in NY. the Towns require that the cottages be removed 30 days of the seniors passing. These cottages are strictly for senior family members and not to be rented out. Thus we lease to alleviate the hassle of some one needing to find a buyer, move the cottage, etc. If your municipality is different we will gladdy sell you an ECHO Cottage.

        Bob Novak - December 24, 2012 Reply

        Carolyn, I ran out of space before i got to the 2nd pa
        rt of your comment. We will gladdly provide a ramp, as an option for wheel chair access, but i will tell you from experience, that since it needs to be about 40 feet long, to meet ADA guidelines, it is not an easy ramp to go up by your self. I spent 3 months in a wheel chair last winter due to a construction accident i had 25 years ago. My ramp was the same pitch, but only 16 feet long, I have pretty decent upperbody strength, and the ramp was still a challenge at times. Definately recommend the lift, same price.

Andrew - December 18, 2012 Reply

I’d like to know more about the sustainability/building health of these structures.

From the images it looks like the entire building is made from man made materials. While this is not neccesarily and automatically a bad thing, I’d like to know if anybody has looked at offgassing and the potential for recycling the materials once the building has reached the end of oits life.

Especially the outside images look like there’s an awful lot of vinyl in play, for both the siding and the fencing.

    Bob Novak - December 20, 2012 Reply

    hi Andrew yes there is a lot of vinyl on the out side, we build these cottages to be as maintenance free as possible, we don’t include the picket fence, this is our model and is set up in a parking lot of a Realtor we use, same with the fake grass.

Bob H. - December 18, 2012 Reply

LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT, finally a real tiny house made to be live in (regardless of age). This would be suitable for anyone wishing to downsize. Very refreshing to see, I get tired of cheap sheds on cheaper trailers and everyone thinking they reinvented the wheel. I absolutely think this is one of the best yet.

    Bob H. - December 18, 2012 Reply


    Bob Novak - December 20, 2012 Reply

    Thank You for your comment Bob H. we developed this concept strictly for seniors. i have been building houses for 40 yrs and when my 82 year old father came up with this idea, my brothers Bill and Tim along with our father former a company to build and lease cottages. We are just starting to market and for the past year educate towns and municipalities to this whole idea. Most of the Towns in our area are receptive but, government being government, does not move fast, but once they realize that this idea helps fill the growing need for senior housing, with out having to build any facilities or infrastructure, plus the fact that the cottages are only in place while the senior is living in them, and once they pass on they are removed, thus removing any impact they might have had on the area to begin with, something you cannot do once you build a facility.

et - December 18, 2012 Reply

Why no concessions to disabilities (wheelchair access etc)?

    Bob H. - December 18, 2012 Reply

    Contact any builder or contractor to build one like this.

    Bob Novak - December 20, 2012 Reply

    we can as an option either supply a ramp, this is not my favorite, or for about the same lease, which we have not determined yet an exterior wheel chair lift which attaches to the porch next to the steps, leaving them free for everyone. inside our cottages come standard with doors and hall wide enough for a wheel chair to pass thru, a suspended sink with counter, barrier free shower that you can actually roll a chair into. our door knobs are lever type for arthritic hands, grab bars in the shower, convenience height toilet, we heat with a heat pump, with central air conditioning, but since we realize older people get cold easily and heat pumps work great when you adjust heat in small increments, we include a couple pieces of oil filled electric base board for those few times when mom gets a chill and needs to warm up really quickly, turn on the baseboard, then turn it back down. we have tried to address as many issues as possible for accessability with out going crazy since these are leased units, if we were building for a specific customer you can do more but the majority of elderly do not need all the bells and whistles

JCinCT - December 18, 2012 Reply

Really like the flexibility and family oriented concept of this dwelling. I think zoning laws will really need to be revisited and revamped in order for these Echo cottages to become a viable alternative. Hope it can come about.

    Bob Novak - December 20, 2012 Reply

    You are correct Zoning is an issue and my job for the last year has been doing presentations to the various towns, senior organizations, Rotary clubs, Chambers of Commerce. Department of Health, Office of the Aging, and introducing this concept to them of a different way to help care for our aging family members. This is very time consuming and government moves oh so slow. We do have one town ready to pass a law in January that will allow our type of cottage to be used and then we start marketing. there are 2 other towns that will probably pass the same law as the first.

JenniferIdaho - December 18, 2012 Reply

This is a great option for the elderly. On a whole the unit looks rather large to me, lol. But then I’m trying to squish my family of 4 into a tiny house…atleast part time.

The doorways could be enlarged for wheelchair access and the stairs replaced with a ramp easily enough. I saw the shower looked very ‘disabled/elderly friendly’ already as well.

    Bob Novak - December 20, 2012 Reply

    Hi Jennifer, the Doors and hall are wide enough for a wheel chair and the shower is ADA approved for a wheelchair as well. we do have an option for an exterior wheel chair lift that attaches to the side of the porch and leaves the stairs where they are. you could use a ramp, but a ramp that high would need to be 42 feet long, and i know from experience, i spent 3 months in a wheel chair last winter, that is a hard ramp to climb, esp for a senior. so i suggest the lift, they are about the same cost.

Jack - December 18, 2012 Reply

Are these the ones Stephen Colbert was ripping on the other night? He had some funny and poignant points.

    Robert Klein - April 30, 2013 Reply

    Steve Colbert was ripping another product that costs approximately twice as much – cheap laughs. I usually think he’s pretty funny, but he was irresponsible to frame the conversation the way he did. Those who decide to go this route with an Echo Cottage or other flexible house on their property are actually staying closer to their parents in need – the easier route is to place them in assisted living or skilled care. Of course, sometimes a nursing home or assisted living may be the more appropriate choice, but for many it is not.

Jay - December 18, 2012 Reply

These look just like straight-up mobile homes.

    Bob Novak - December 20, 2012 Reply

    Hi Jay, they may look like a mobile home, but that is about where it stops, my family has been in the building business for 3 generations, this is the first time we have tried to build something other than a home or office/commercial building, so naturally we just built it the same way we always do. Are there cheaper and easier ways to build? i am sure there are, but since we lease these cottages and do not sell them, we want them to last us about 25 years with a minimum of problems, aside from normal maintenance and updating over the years, so why would we build with anything but the best?

William - December 18, 2012 Reply

Are those the ones in the Brewster, NY area?

Tiny Houses Hankerings - December 18, 2012 Reply

These are really cute. I’m glad to see more tiny houses being built with the elderly in mind. No loft and no ladders to climb, that’s my pet peeve about tiny houses.

Dianne Finnegan - December 18, 2012 Reply

While I am not elderly yet, I really like this idea of a tiny house. Since I still have children at home, maybe the addition of an extra bedroom? No ladders to climb is a definite plus! Best of all, it doesn’t look like a TINY house – I really am impressed with this idea! Great Job!!

    Bob Novak - December 20, 2012 Reply

    Hi Dianne Thank You for your comment, we have been working on this concept for about 2 years now and this is our first prototype, our new and final production model will be out in the next couple months, and then we will be taking orders for spring. Have a Merry Christmas

Kathy - December 18, 2012 Reply

Here’s Echo Cottage website. Looks like you have to contact them for a price.
They also have a Facebook page.

Patty - December 18, 2012 Reply

This looks like a new name for MOBILE HOMES!

    Bob Novak - December 20, 2012 Reply

    Hi Patty, ECHO Cottages are Purpose Built for Elderly people as an alternative to assisted living facilities. you will find many features in our cottages that you will not find in your average mobile home, plus your average mobile home is not built nearly as well. check out our website for more information

Aric - December 18, 2012 Reply

They offer a “Garage Unit” that flips a garage into a one-bedroom apartment and easily converts back. This seems to be a better “tiny house fit” than the ECHO cottage.

I wish pricing was public because a real and well built mobile home can be leased for fairly cheap these days. I think the draw for them is the VALUE, but the real value is a secret.

    bob novak - December 22, 2012 Reply

    Hi Aric one of the reasons we do not publish prices on the website is we are presently doing the garage-unit by ECHO Cottages in a couple parts of the country. My brother heads up ECHO Cottages in Williamsburg,VA and my brother Tim heads up ECHO Cottages in The Hudson Valley NY area, i just do the marketing aspect. a good average price for the Garage unit is $30,000. But that would depend on some variables, and will entail a visit to your home, if it is within our circle of business. Sorry to be so vague, but we are trying to give the same type of family type service that we are known for in the Hudson Valley and not sacrafice quality or reputation by trying to grow too quickly.

Jo T - December 19, 2012 Reply

Great Idea. Important to be accessible inside and out which means conventional cabinets may not be best solution. Also, just because someone is a “senior” person, does not mean they like cute or traditional and a more “modern” option would be nice. I am planning to do one of these types of structures on an adjoining lot to my small (but large?) 1300 sq.ft house which houses me and my design office. The two structures will share the ample outdoor patio/yard space. I also plan for it to be “off grid” to be as efficient as possible. As I work less, it will house me while allowing me to rent out the “big” house for summer season income. Love the concept and hope it catches on in NC.

Adela - December 19, 2012 Reply

Just wondering if anyone in Northern VA renting a tiny home? I need a home and I was just wondering since I cannot afford to buy one.

stpauligirl - December 20, 2012 Reply

great floor plan! A small, separate space for all four major functions: bed, bath, kitchen, living. They do look like a mobile home, which is not a bad thing. Mobile homes are a viable housing option for many people and a palace compared to how most of the world’s people live.

I like it!

    Bob Novak - December 20, 2012 Reply

    Thank You for your comment, we do build these strictly for seniors and lease on a month to month basis as an alternative to assisted living facilities, we place these cottages in the rear yard of the senior’s adult child’s house and hook up all the utilities to that house. The towns that we are working with for the zoning change will then allow the senior to live in the cottage until they pass on or have to go into a full care nursing home, at which time we terminate the lease go back and remove our cottage and restore the yard, we then take the cottage back to our facility, refurbish, re-paint, clean, basicly anything to make it like new again and then send it back out on lease.

Norma Collins - December 22, 2012 Reply

I am 68 and this has been my notion all along that it is a great idea for seniors. I do not need much space, just my own. I would love to have a community of a circle of 10 tiny homes with an english garden to be in the middle to sit in. Could use golf carts in nearby shopping areas. Public transportation. I do not want to live in an inner city. I am a country girl. Do not want to live at Sun City, or The Villages, cannot afford them.
I cannot pay much due to the housing crisis a few years ago and loss of my investments. I am one of the “older” boomers. I want to try to care for myself as I age and have “freedom”. There are others coming after me,some richer, some poorer. BUT with the focus on leaving a smaller footprint and living greener I think our generation with the help of the younger generation should be role models in this new endeavor. Thanks. Norma

Tammy - December 22, 2012 Reply

I love how beautiful they are but, I am afraid you may have not done your homework for cost effective living for today’s older seniors looking for smaller and less expensive places. My dad would be able to afford this place and he had a nice size-able retirement. However, today’s seniors have had to spend their retirements to live on with this bad economy, or they have lost their homes to foreclosure and then this has forced many of us into bankruptcy. So living off of social security with only a $800-$900 budget and that doesn’t cover medicines, I am afraid you are too high priced for many of today’s seniors that have been affected by this bad economy. Many of us have been forced to live with their children in order to survive if affordable Sr. Citizen apts aren’t available. When my grandmother went into Sr.citizens housing they went off her income. My grandmother only paid $50 a month for a rental plus her monthly meds and expensives. This is luxury living for the rich. (Your also not in touch with the times of your reply boxes … it says Mail it should read e-mail)

    Bob Novak - December 24, 2012 Reply

    Hi Tammy ECHO Cottages were developed as an alternative to an assisted living facility, which in our area run between $4,000-$6,000 per month, they do give you meals and laundry service, rides to your doctor, activities, etc, our price is $1,300 per month and even when you factor in the hook up costs to tie into the host house’s utilities the first year’s savings is around $38,000-$26,000 and $43,000-$31,000 from there after, plus the convenience of being only 25feet away.

    Bob Novak - December 24, 2012 Reply

    Tammy i ran out of space on my last reply, please check out our website and you are welcome to call me toll free at 1-877 WHY ECHO since i talk a lot better than I type, as you can probably tell by looking at all my typos. Have a Merry Christmas. Bob Novak

Brad fayette - December 22, 2012 Reply

How are these different than a park model?

    Bob Novak - December 23, 2012 Reply

    Hi Brad, actually our cottages are specialty built park models designed and built by Echo Cottages Ltd. Specifically to meet the needs of the growing senior population. For more information please check out our website thank you and have a Happy Holiday Season. Bob Novak

Ruth - December 22, 2012 Reply

Dear Bob, I have been looking at Park models for awhile. Most are not so senior friendly, or they lack basic amenities like a washer/dryer. I am quite impressed with your design. (I’m old, it’s hard to impress me.) I am at that awkward age, between middle age vigor, and senility. I am not ready for assisted care. A unit like this would be perfect for me in a park model campground. I would rather purchase than lease, and I am not in your part of the country. So my thought is: Have you thought of allowing other manufacturers to use your design and collecting a fee for every one they build? A sort of franchise that would allow EITHER lease or purchase? Thanks, Ruth.

    bob novak - December 26, 2012 Reply

    Hi Ruth Ultimately we do want to expand thru-out the country, possibly thru franchising, but we take the fact that for the Elderly person that moves into one of our Echo Cottages thru lease or purchase, this will be their last home, and we feel the responsability to make sure it is as comfortable and as happy a place as can be, for them and their family. We want it to have as many good memories as can be. Our family needs to find the right group to work with that will treat our clients like family, with the respect and warmth they show to their own parents. It will take time but I am sure we will develope a formula to make it work. this is alot more than selling burgers, we are helping people take care of the folks who took care of them when they were babes.

Lisa - December 22, 2012 Reply

Those are lovely! That is certainly something my husband and I could be very happy in. We don’t need a lot of space because it’s just the two of us. Besides the “Shotgun” houses I’ve seen on this site, I these Echo Cottages are my favorite so far.

KarenB - December 22, 2012 Reply

One question: how do you get these into people’s back yards?

Design wise, a roof overhang will eliminate that mobile-home look.

I appreciate that you are working for the housing needs of my older age group.

    bob novak - December 23, 2012 Reply

    Hello Karen thank you for looking at our website. this is our prototype and our actual production cottage will be coming out this spring 2013 and will have overhangs, when we built this one we were a bit mislead regarding the transportation rules and thought that the entire cottage could not be wider than 12′, we have since learned that we can have small overhangs, which will greatly enhance the appearence. hope you and your family have a Joyous Holiday Season, Bob Novak

    bob novak - December 23, 2012 Reply

    Hi Karen Thank You for looking at our website We build our ottages on design specific chassis custom built for us by a very well known chassis builder, then we build a cottage on top very similar to the way we have been building our, over 1,000 site built custom homes. We then, since it stays on it’s chassis, wheel it into your back yard with our special, toter truck and skid steer, to the proper location, and then do the necessary steps to level,anchor, and hookup to your residence. once you no longer need it we terminate the lease and remove the cottage, and restore your property. any other questions feel free to e-mail me directly at Have a Happy Holliday. Bob Novak

donatella - December 22, 2012 Reply

These are lovely but it’s possible to go instantaneously from ‘mobile’ to ‘wheelchair-bound’; the counters, sinks, etc, need to be planned up front to be ADA compatible or you could be happy in a unit one minute and have it not suit your needs later. If you’re marketing strictly to seniors, you need to understand the various health issues that can arise. I would also recommend all doorknobs be lever-style, not round, and subfloor-heating, if possible. I’ve never seen the elevator lift you describe for the front stairs, but I can see the resistance to a ramp.

    bob novak - December 23, 2012 Reply

    Hi donatella, what we actually do is hook the cottage up to the host house for all the utilitys and then it becomes fairly reasonable in cost, at least in our area. in an earlier question i saw you questioned making the cottages ADA compliant. that, creates a hugh expence, since we are only building one floor plan and these are leased cottages, we do provide for as much accessability as is economically possible, you mentioned lever door handles, we do that as standard, simply because they are easier to open, not just for arthritic hands but wet hands, and for a person that has some thing in their hands. we are open to suggestions and ideas if you or any else has them and we can try to incorporate them in our production cottage. My direct e-mail is any feedback is appreciated. Happy Holidays and thank you for for tour suggestions. Bob

    bob novak - December 23, 2012 Reply

    Dontella, this is also why our leases are month to month, if for some reason the senior’s living conditions change, we will terminate the lease immediately and remove the cottage. Unfortunately we cannot refund the cost of hooking up the cottage to the host house, so we will be telling our clients to check with their doctors about their over all health, this is not a hospice situation. Although in our area if you figure in the target lease of $1,300 per month plus approximately $5,000 to hook up (which included restoration)which brings the total to $20,600 the first year, compared to $4,000 per month for a reasonably priced assisted living facility. That is a saving of $27,400 the first year and $32,000 every year after.

donatella - December 22, 2012 Reply

Another thought; what’s it going to cost to hook up plumbing to these units, even if a sewer and water line is nearby? It’s got to be prohibitively expensive for most seniors who are looking for this kind of option, especially when the hookup is only going to be temporary (1-20 years?). And what would the permitting process be like considering the utilities that have to be added?

dawn - December 22, 2012 Reply

May I suggest ‘no mirrored closets’? Not only do I not want to be forced to look at myself all the time, they’re a hazard. Wood is quieter, softer if you fall against it and more attractive. Probably less expensive, too. I’ve always hated the ‘mirrored wall/closet’ look in mobile and manufactured housing. They can also be oddly disorienting for some reason.

    bob novak - December 23, 2012 Reply

    HI Dawn I happen to agree with you about mirrored closet doors, but every one says to put them in, I don’t like looking at myself in a mirror, especially full length,even though in my younger days i was a professional model, OKAY IT WAS A HAND MODEL. LOL. i will run your idea past our design team, namely my 80 year old mother and 82 year old father, yes we really are a family owned and run business and possibly change in our production cottage which will be out this spring. thank you for your suggestion, and have a Merry Christmas. Bob Novak ps any other ideas my direc e-mail is

dominic - December 23, 2012 Reply

i want

    bob novak - December 26, 2012 Reply

    Dominick we would love to accomadate your needs if possible. out of curiosity, where are tou located? trying to track where we are reaching, since we haven’t actually started to advertize yet, and i am getting inqueries nation wide from our website and word of mouth.
    thank you
    Bob Novak

Bob Novak - January 21, 2013 Reply

Good morning Virginia. I invite you to look at our website, our cottages are designed to be placed in the rear yard of an adult child’s home, and hooked ip to that home’s homes utilities. There is, in our area any increase in realestate taxes while the cottage is there. The cottage is only temporary and has to be removed when the living conditions for the elderly tenent change, either by passing or moving to a full care nursing home. We lease on a month to month basis. And compared to assisted living faciliyies in our area, we are about 1/3 the monthly cost. Our cottages allow you a much more personal way of taking care of your loved ones, with out having to have them move in with you. It lets you and them maintain privacy and more important lets them maintain their dignity and you their sanity. Have a great day. Bob Novak

Darlene Planck - February 8, 2013 Reply

what is the sq. ft. for this cute place? I am thinking of two different situations that you might consider outside of your area that would be interesting to many seniors my age or older. My first thought would be for a single sen.ior that doesn’t need or want a large place that could fit on a lot that a small cottage had been For myself I have a spot in mind. A place like this could replace a seasonal cottage that has septic and water already. The other thought is our area has land that they are looking to build a place for seniors so they do not have to leave their home town area when they can no longer live completely alone. If they decided to have more than one type of housing for their seniors this could be one which would be located around the center of what would be for offices VNA doctors and on site living for those who need care 24/7. Would your company consider selling these for something like the two situations I have mention? Sorry if I am putting a lot out there for you to read but these houses are perfect for this but only if they could be sold outright. I can see your reasons for doing what you are in your area and at the same time it is more profitable but there is such a need for housing like this and for some seniors they can be alone but if they were in this second setting then they could have someone stop in or they could eat with the others in the main living area. We are in a very rural area and so this really is something that would fit in with our area. I would be interested in hearing what you think.
Thank you

    bob novak - February 25, 2013 Reply

    Hi Darlene, First I am sorry it has taken so long for me to get back to you, it has been very hectic here for the last couple of weeks, we are in the process of recieving approvals to place our cottages in 2 of the largest towns in our area, our County has recognized that this type of senior housing is very desirable, and we are recieving support from them. I was finally able to do a presentation last week, for ano.ther of our large local municipalities that initially had no interest, no realizes what a great idea we have. We are in the process of fine tuning our production model, which will be out in time for spring deliveries. We just recieved word on friday, we get to display at the Dutchess County Fair, New Yorks Oldest County Fair, with 350,000 visitors for the week it runs in August. I would love to talk to you about your Idea you have, if your Area will permit it, and we can be assured it will be run properly, so as we are identified with acquality and caring product, please call me when you get a chance at 845-206-6525, this is my cell phone, Thank You Bob Novak, Sorry our Cottages are 400 Square feet.

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bob novak - March 3, 2013 Reply

The Novaks from ECHO Cottages met last week to come up with different ways to make our cottages more affordable…… You can OWN an ECHO Cottage delivered and completely set up ready for your mom or dad to move for $400 per month with no money down contact me to learn all the details. Bob Novak or 1-877 WHY ECHO

bob novak - March 9, 2013 Reply

this is an announcement that we are selling our ECHO Cottage Prototype, We are building 2 new Cottages. One that we use as a model and office and the second that we will use as a transportable display Cottage to take to Parades and Community Days and County Fairs and Town Halls so more People can see first hand how much more comfortable and safer a cottage in their back yards only steps away for their Elderly Parents is compared to an adult home or assisted living facility, where the facility has any where from 20 to 150 residents to take care of, where you have only one. Plus How simplier and less stressful their own lives will be just having mom or dad close buy only steps rather than miles away. Not even Mentioning the Tremendious cost savings. So if any one is interested in our Prototype, it has a few options that did not make it in to our production models, and we are offering it at a very good price or we will still rent month to month in our area, it has never been occupied or hooked up to water or sewer. please contact me at 1-877 WHY ECHO or thru our website Thank You Bob Novak

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ed guion - May 21, 2020 Reply

Hi, I note your statement on your website indicating that Elder Cottages were tried in the 1980’s but never took off. We have been producing our units since 1981 on a continuing basis and have set them in place from Connecticut to North Carolina over the years. I have addressed many zoning officials and most of them emphatically stated that they did not approve mobile homes or manufactured homes but would accept small modular units which is what we produce. Our foundations are treated timber much like a pole barn and can be easily installed and removed when necessary. We have produced 156 units over they years and have several pending presently. Most of our Elder Cottages are in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, You mention you can barely keep up with demand and I commend you for your success as our pace seems to be slower. Great job! Continuing good luck in your endeavors.

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