ADUs: The Perfect Housing Solution

Gibbs Smith. Mar. 2024. 224p. ISBN 9781423665250. $40. INTERIOR DESIGN
Award-winning design writer Koones (Prefabulous for Everyone) adds to her repertoire of books about tiny houses, prefabricated homes, and sustainable construction. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are the modern version of a mother-in-law suite, allowing for independent living, privacy, and style while also containing aging-in-place features and facilitating multigenerational living on a single lot. Homeowners are choosing to construct ADUs for multiple reasons, such as downsizing when their children leave home and finding an affordable housing option in their local community. The benefits to building an ADU include increasing home value, keeping the visual and aesthetic character of the neighborhood, providing rental income, reducing maintenance, and enjoying lower energy costs. The book contains a gallery of 25 ADUs located throughout the U.S. and Canada that include exterior photos, home layouts, square footage, builder/manufacturer information, green and energy features, and architect and contractor names. A resource list includes supplier information for each ADU so that readers can contact the contractors, manufacturers, or architectural firms directly.
VERDICT A beautiful book for readers researching affordable options for chic yet environmentally friendly ADU construction.
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