Accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, have sparked the imagination of many homeowners in recent years because of their adaptability to a wide variety of lifestyle needs. While many ADUs are still considered optimal for what was once their primary purpose as mother-in-law suites, there’s a growing interest in the other ways that ADUs can be a smart investment and add to the overall enjoyment of daily life. From rental units to yoga studios, the imaginative possibilities for ADUs are coming into focus as more people recognize these small buildings can have big potential.

In-Law Suite ADU

Also referred to as a mother-in-law suite or granny flat, this is the classic choice for an ADU, attached or detached. An in-law suite offers you and your parents or other relatives the ideal combination of multi-generational living and privacy. An ADU honors the independence and individuality of parents with separate and private living space customized for their needs and preferences, including universal design elements that make a space easy to use and accessible.

Guest House ADU

Welcoming guests to our homes is one of the joys of life that is even more pleasant with a separate living space that gives everyone more privacy. If you often have friends or relatives visiting for long periods from out-of-state, this option for an ADU can be an excellent investment.

Hobby Room ADU

When the yarn from knitting your current blanket project begins to take over the living room or the smell of acrylic paint from your latest masterpiece permeates the kitchen, it might be time to start thinking about a hobby room for your favorite pastime! Bring your hobby into a backyard ADU and keep your main home clean and clutter-free.

Rental Unit ADU

Many homeowners have discovered the advantages of investing in an ADU as a rental property that provides supplemental income or retirement savings. Whether you’re renting your ADU short-term or long-term, you will have the opportunity to earn an immediate return on your investment with the flexibility of using the dwelling for other purposes in the future.

Home Gym ADU

Staying in shape can feel challenging in the main home where the daily responsibilities of cleaning, cooking, and other household tasks call from every corner. It can also be difficult to find the time to drive back and forth to a gym or yoga studio. Space in your own backyard dedicated to fitness makes it much easier to stick to a routine that will keep you healthy and happy.

Personal Sanctuary

Peace and quiet can sometimes feel impossible to attain, especially with young kids at home. Yet it’s so important to our mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Whether you practice meditation, write in a journal, or read an absorbing novel, private and separate space on your own property can give you precious moments to reflect and rejuvenate.

Once you start considering all the ways an ADU could add to the value and enjoyment of your home, the possibilities are inspiring. And, one of the best aspects of ADUs is how adaptable they are. An ADU could be a yoga studio in one phase of your life, and then an in-law suite several years later.


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