"Granny Flats" Are Not A New Thing On The "ADU" Housing Horizon

"Granny Flats" Are Not A New Thing

On The "ADU" Housing Horizon

 

It's interesting to see how this "Cottage Industry" (pun intended) has morphed into a full blown Growth Industry almost Nationwide during the past several years. And it's just the beginning.

 

Our biggest impediment still remains several of our local jurisdictions of course. They can't seem to get out of there own and old ways. Even with the mandate of California's Senate Bill 1069 many continue to remain reluctant if not outright defiant.

 

Prefab 'In-law' Cottages Mix High-tech Features, Comfort

 

While some refuse to wrap their arms around it and accept the new laws others just plain refuse to cooperate with the mandate. However, I'm hearing the war drums beating in the distance as some jurisdictions are already gearing up for lawsuits and outright fighting to resist this ole "Rode hard and put away wet" NIMBY SYNDROME.

 

New freestanding modular home additions aim to provide the right kind of space for aging in place.

 

The ABCs of ADUs

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF FABCAB

 

FabCab is a timber-frame kit home with universal design features. Click photo for more information.

 

Eric Santolicito, 35, of Billerica, Mass., had a plan for looking after his parents as they grew older: The family man bought his sixty-something parents’ home, demolished it and put up a new prefab house with an in-law suite on the lot.

 

“It was a win-win situation,” Santolicito says. “We cut our expenses for owning and maintaining two separate, older homes. Now we all have a new house with separate living quarters, and we stayed in the neighborhood where my sisters live, too. My parents were able to downsize a bit.

 

They now have living, dining, bedroom, bath and kitchen spaces in about 800 square feet — much less for them to clean and maintain. I can look after all the yard work. And now we have the best on-site child care for our two little ones.

 

The ABCs of ADUs

PHOTO COURTESY OF MEDCOTTAGE

 

MEDCottage features options for advanced medical monitoring equipment. Click photo for more information.

 

See Also: Custom Prefab ADUs

“Building this house the way we did — it has alleviated a lot of stress for everyone in the family,” he says.

Not everyone is in a position to build a new home to support multigenerational families. But a number of manufactured housing producers are introducing new prefab home additions with features to support aging at home or near family members. Known in the building industry as ADUs (accessory dwelling units) and in consumer media as “granny pods” and “in-law apartments,” the new self-contained units incorporate barrier-free, universal designs and options that include electronic monitoring and medical care equipment.

All are largely built or prepared for assembly in a factory, trucked to a building site and set on a foundation, which manufacturers claim cuts construction costs and time from initiation to occupancy.

 

No doubt about it. There are 70 to 80 million Baby Boomers winding down their once complicated and ambitious paces and lifestyles, retiring and now looking for places and ways to 'AGE IN PLACE' while staying close to their families, friends and neighbors on the ''FREE LAND" beneath their feet. There is now a way and it's beginning to catch on like a wind fanned fire. We just need to get our local jurisdictions on board sooner rather than later.

 

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Comment balloon 12 commentsJohn DL Arendsen • July 03 2017 02:36PM

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A thought-provoking post from you and I see no issue with ADU housing provided there is sufficient parking off street for the added traffic. Though I know, in some neighborhoods, street parking is the only option for most residents, there must be a logical measure to limit the congestion. No doubt, this debate will continue in every municipality. ADUs are a great option.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty One Group) 5 months ago

I think that our grannies are much different than those one by

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 5 months ago

This is a great idea for families to have extended lodging on their properties.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) 5 months ago

As much as we'd want to do this for my aging mom, our HOA would never allow such thing.  Don't ever see it taking off here.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) 5 months ago

John I think this makes perfect sense!  I see guest houses or 'casitas' as they call them in my area quite often. I've also heard that somewhere they're building this little homes for veterans - now that is another awesome idea.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 5 months ago

That's what we call our Beach Casita Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS . In fact it's official name is "Casita de Aire y Sol". 

 

 

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes designer & builder of ADU's (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) 5 months ago

Hi John

I love this post and the direction that this type of housing is moving in. And I love your enthusiasm, and the knowledge you are sharing!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) 5 months ago

I think this trend toward using granny flats will increase with time.  Good info, John!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 5 months ago

CONGRATULATIONS John, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!    

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 5 months ago

Ha! Just love being a member in the  Old Farts Club Myrl Jeffcoat  

It's been a lot of fun and I so appreciate your indulgence in helping to spread the word about the need for affordable housing.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes designer & builder of ADU's (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) 5 months ago

We used to build classic mother in law homes with one side devoted to a bedroom, bath, and small living room. This should be a no brainer since it gives even more personalization and privacy.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 5 months ago

Thanks for the acknowledgement Joe Pryor . We're feeling pretty good about the future of this industry.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes designer & builder of ADU's (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) 5 months ago

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