Secondary Backyard Homes: A Housing Solution

Whether they are called accessory dwelling units, backyard cottages, granny flats or in-law suites, these secondary backyard homes are becoming a popular choice for housing family members.  If you need to house aging parents, adult children or displaced in-laws, a small secondary home on your property could actually be cheaper than renovating a basement or attic for living.  As long as your city’s zoning regulations allow backyard building, it may be the perfect option for you.

Secondary Backyard Homes

It’s becoming more common these days for middle-aged adults to be caring for both their aging parents and kids due to a large aging population and a generation of young adults that are struggling to achieve financial independence. According to Pew Research Center, 47% of adults in their 40s and 50s have a parent age 65 or older and are either raising a young child or financially supporting an adult child.


Creating a small backyard home for an elderly family member provides the option of customizing the home.  It can be fitted with specialized flooring, security features, and grab rails if needed.  It’s also easy to maintain due to the small size and still gives the person a sense of independence.

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If you are interested in a secondary small home on your property, contact us today.  We can easily design and build a home to fit your exact needs, whether it is a tiny house, standard MODS unit or customized home.

One thought on “Secondary Backyard Homes: A Housing Solution

  1. Kirsten N Reply

    This is a good idea. I would also prefer to take care of my parents rather than put them on a nursing home.

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