There's no shortage of innovative and creative uses for tiny homes and today's guest is no exception! Wheel Pad produces universally accessible prefab home additions that help keep people with disabilities home with their loved ones. In this interview, I sit down with Julie Lineberger, the President of Wheel Pad, to talk about the why, the how, and how much.
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In This Episode:
- The inspiration behind Wheel Pad: Julie's Godson, Riley, and some important customer feedback
- How long does it take to hook up the addition to the host home?
- Keeping funding, eco-friendly, and weather in mind
- Who is buying Wheel Pads?
- What about permits and building codes?
- How do you need to prep your site?
- The cost, quality, and where they'll be available
- The difference between an L3C, an LLC, and a Non-Profit company
- If you're a veteran and are interested in a Wheel Pad, Wheel Pad will help you with the paperwork
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Julie Lineberger, EdM Harvard, is a successful entrepreneur, and President of Wheel Pad L3C. Her past success with LineSync Architecture, a green and sustainable firm in southern Vermont, garnered numerous awards for both Design and Business Management. A previous career in International Development included managing and participating in projects for the United Nations Development Program, the International Rescue Committee, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees throughout the world.
As the past chair of both the Green America Board of Directors and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility Board of Directors, Julie has led many workshops and is a consultant on various aspects of business management. She is also involved in various community efforts and in maintaining positive, healthy work environments both at LineSync Architecture and at Wheel Pad L3C.
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Wheel Pad is built on a trailer
Riley, the inspiration for the Wheel Pad accessible additions
All set up
Connecting the Wheel Pad to the host house
Assembling the Wheel Pad