When it comes to home building options, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Tiny Homes are trending at the top of many people’s lists. They are both unique, efficient and compelling alternatives to traditional home models, giving homeowners an opportunity to get creative with their lifestyle choices. But, the tricky part can be deciding between the two. Let’s clear up some confusion and answer the question, “Which is right for you?”
ADUs, often referred to as granny flats or in-law units, are secondary houses or apartments that share the building lot of a larger, primary house. They can come in many forms – from converted garages or basements to stand-alone cottages.
On the other hand, tiny homes are small, fully independent houses, usually less than 400 square feet, that can be built either on a fixed foundation or on wheels for mobility.
ADUs can offer homeowners various advantages. Since they are on the same lot as a primary residence, you can rent them out for additional income or use them to house aging parents, grown children, or guests. Owners can also enjoy shared amenities like outdoor spaces with primary residences, which can foster a sense of community.
However, building ADU’s is subject to zoning restrictions and must comply with building codes. Also, privacy could be a concern since ADUs share plots with their primary dwellings.
A significant advantage of tiny homes is their flexibility. They can be mobile or permanently located, often providing an affordable option to possess a home. Tiny homes promote a minimalist and eco-friendly lifestyle that encourages innovative designs and efficient layouts with less maintenance due to their smaller footprints.
Tiny homes also have their own share of challenges. Tiny homes are often subject to zoning laws and building code restrictions, if they are built on a permanent foundation. Plus, their reduced space might not be suitable for everyone, especially larger families or those with certain lifestyle requirements.
The decision between an ADU or a tiny home boils down to your unique needs and preferences. If you value flexibility, independence, and a minimalist lifestyle, a tiny home might be the best fit. Conversely, an ADU could suit you better if you want to increase property value, generate rental income, and prefer being close to your family while having a separate living space.
Since 2006, Prospect 30 Eight Construction has been building top-quality custom homes, home additions, and Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) throughout the Denver Metro Area and the Front Range. If you have any questions, please contact us for a free consultation.