What to know about ADUs in today’s market

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RISMedia | Jesse Williams

What are ADUs? Some call them “granny flats.” Others call them “she-sheds” or “in-law suites.” Recently, “tiny house” became a trendy topic among certain builders.

Nearly all of these—regardless of terminology or function—will fall under the category of “accessory dwelling unit,” or ADU. Amid a nationwide housing crunch, this alternate model of living, investment and space-sharing has seen massive growth as developers and homeowners seek ways to integrate post-pandemic lifestyles and policymakers scramble to address an acute shortage of living spaces.

[…] Amy Allgeyer is the founder of Architect Inc., a building company in Boise, Idaho, that has come to specialize in ADUs. She said that in her market, interest in these specialized structures has been creeping up over the past five years, but exploded after the onset of the pandemic as people sought more living space or more value in their fast-appreciating properties.

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