Thursday, May 8, 2014
ADU or MGD
Sounds like a new disease but they are acronyms for "accessory dwelling unit" or "multi generational dwelling" aka - the Granny Flat. I have long been an advocate of this type of dwelling to accommodate the ever changing family dynamic which enables the new family to live together within a much smaller and sustainable footprint.
Whether adjacent to the current family home, adjoined by a Porte-cochère or a garage or a simple addition to the home there are more than one ways to house this granny.
The article below discusses the new growth of these units in Portland, home of the andia and am sure will be or has been on that show at least once. I watched it at least once and while amusing it is too close to comfort for me to find it amusing. I see it daily despite being the city to the north we are not all that different.
Grandma Never Had It So Good
In most cities, adding a second house to a single-family lot would be illegal or would set off an epic battle with the neighbors that could drag on for years. But not in Portland, Ore.
Over on the corner of 29th and Going, in the Alberta Arts neighborhood, Kyra Routon-Michelinie and James Michelinie spent what felt like an endless series of weekends last year constructing a small house behind their three-bedroom bungalow.
Still, securing financing was a problem, as most lending institutions are not up on this trend.
“The only reason there aren’t 10,000 A.D.U.s being built is that nobody can find the money,” Mr. Michelinie said.
Their 2,000-square-foot home, which they bought for $312,000 in 2012, didn’t offer sufficient equity, he said, so they borrowed from relatives.
When they have children, the couple plan to move back into the main house, and Ms. Routon-Michelinie’s parents, who live outside the city, will use the smaller house as a pied-à-terre.
“I can’t wait to live there,” Mr. Routon said.
Despite the size limitation, costs can easily run to as much as $250,000, depending on the design and the finishes, although the average accessory unit, according to a survey sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Quality of 860 built in Portland, Ashland and Eugene, is about 668 square feet and costs a little over $80,000.
The site offers a calculator for estimating how long it will take to break even on your investment. In his case, Mr. Peterson said, it was about two and a half years.
But affordability is only part of the appeal of accessory dwelling units.
The A.D.U. offers a way to avoid much of that waste, he said.