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10 Ways Your ADU Can Support Your Retirement

As I’ve interviewed homeowners, designers, and builders about ADUs over the past several years, one thing that has impressed me is how many people are using an ADU as part of their retirement plan. ADUs can provide housing flexibility, additional income, one-floor living to age-in-place, proximity to family members and caretakers, or even just a place to call home when traveling.

February 4, 2022 · 1 Comment

Brooks & Brian’s ADU: Retirement Plan for Mom & Us

As Brian and Brooks explored various options for Brooks’ mother’s next housing situation, they determined an ADU would be the best option for both generations; an ADU would enable Brooks’ mother to retain as much independence as possible while having family close by, and it would be part of Brian and Brooks’ retirement plan, providing additional housing flexibility and income potential.

January 28, 2022 · 4 Comments

Amy Magyar’s ADU: Friend Next Door & Nest for Me

When Amy Magyar and her partner parted ways, her house felt too big. So she took out a home equity line of credit (HELOC) and transformed her carriage house into an ADU, doing most of the design and building herself, while preserving the building’s historic character. Amy’s friend from Baltimore, a self-declared “Covid refugee,” moved into the primary house, providing rental income for Amy.

January 21, 2022 · 3 Comments

I’m semi-retiring! (On a personal note…)

I’m semi-retiring as a co-editor and numbers guy at accessorydwellings.org . But the site is alive and well.

October 24, 2016