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Building a Green Granny Pad

A Parent Pad that Saves Money— and Natural Resources Create a cozy, convenient, eco-friendly dwelling for an aging parent by building a green granny pad. Most people construct these compact backyard bungalows for seniors as a secondary dwelling on an adult child’s property. However, some families build a more manageable, downsized home for mom or dad on the parent’s property.…

A Senior-Safe In-Law Apartment- Part 2

37 Tips for Designing the Perfect “Granny Flat” Part 1 of this series on building an in-law apartment in your own backyard covered the first 21 tips for a seniors-friendly home. Here are the remaining 16 tips for planning and building a safe granny pad. In-Law Apartment Design Checklist continues… TIP 22: Choose slip-resistant flooring materials, with non-glare surfaces. Carpet should…

A Senior-Safe In-Law Apartment- Part 1

37 Tips for Designing the Perfect “Granny Flat” When constructing a backyard “in-law apartment” for an aging parent, planning is paramount. Just throwing up a small house on your property will not get the job done. Even mature adults who are physically active today may require safety adjustments to their home in the future. Incorporating senior-friendly features into the building…

In-Law Cottages for Aging Parents

Caregivers Turn to ADUs for Multigenerational Households As senior citizens increasingly dominate the U.S. population, many families are opting to build backyard “in-law cottages” as homes for elderly parents. Many baby boomers now find themselves caring for their parents or other older relatives. In fact, in the last year 34.2 million Americans acted as a caregiver to someone over 50.…