Why Build an Accessory Dwelling?
An accessory dwelling is a second unit built on your existing home or property such as:
- A new cottage or small house in your yard
- The addition of an in-law apartment or master suite to your existing home
- Remodeling a garage, master bedroom, workshop or any other space
Share, Rent, Work and Play
Building an accessory dwelling creates multiple ways to stay more connected to others, and its purpose can evolve as your life changes. Your second unit can be a space or home for your child, your parent, renters, friends, caregivers, a long stream of fun and interesting guests, or yourself. Simply put, life is more fun when you share it with others!
Create Privacy and Independence
Sharing has many financial and social benefits, but we all need privacy and personal space. Three quarters of our clients use their second unit to bring their loved ones closer while still enjoying the privacy of their own private home. One client said it best: "I'd love to share a yard with my mom, but we can’t share a kitchen!"
Healthier and More Sustainable
All of our homes are designed and built to be healthy and sustainable. Non-toxic paints, materials and heating systems improve your indoor air quality. A small, well-insulated home typically uses less than $1 a day in energy, and, by building within an existing community, you are helping to mitigate suburban sprawl and long commutes. Sustainably-built second units are the most sustainable homes anywhere!
A Smart Financial Decision
Your accessory dwelling could save your family $1,000,000 in the next 30 years.
- Appreciation: Most homes appreciate by 50% of their overall value with the addition of a second unit.
- Rental Income: Check your local craigslist ads and you may find that your accessory dwelling could rent for $20,000 -$40,000 per year.
- Savings: Avoid the expenses of living separately from your children or parents such as the rent/mortgage, maintenance costs and taxes of owning two homes, and save the cost of moving to assisted-living when you get older.