by Jill Sloan
on Saturday, July 13th, 2019 at 8:02pm.
Granny Flats, also know across the country as an accessory dwelling unit or ADU.
ADUs are self-contained living areas usually located on the grounds of a single-family home. An ADU can be detached, or it can be attached to the other dwelling. They are sometimes called a granny flats/pods because it is a popular way for families to house their aging parents. ADUs have many different names across the country.
Other names for Accessory Dwelling Units
Secondary dwelling units
-ADUs can be tiny houses but not all tiny house can be ADUs. They are like mini versions of full-size house with a foundation, unlike some tiny houses that are on wheels and can move from place to place.
I think my favorite name for an accessory dwelling unit is a toss up between a granny flat or carriage home. Would you ever think of putting a building behind your home to house your parents or children who came back to the nest? I know I would and I would probably use it for myself as a grand version of a she shed. Christian on our team would definitely add one to his back yard call it a granny flat and put it up as an Airbnb or rent it out.
Advantages To Building An ADU
Gain income via rent
Keep aging family members close by
Separate space for your child who came back to the nest
Generate less of an environmental impact
Could add value
Disadvantages To Building A Second Dwelling
Hard to get permits approved
Hard to get zoning approved
Neighbors/hood give flack
Hard to get financing
Expensive to build
Could be a turn off when you sell
As areas around the country are looking for ways to gain density without building giant apartment complexes. As such, cities are loosening regulations and allowing ADUs to be built. We highly recommend you check with your local municipality, and even your HOA, to see if a dwelling could be erected.