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Cash In with a Backyard Guesthouse

How to Use a Metal Building as a Prefab Cottage Kit There are many reasons to add a backyard guest house to your residential property.  Added income, convenience, family dynamics, and increased resale value all influence the decision to build a backyard cottage. But what exactly is a “backyard guest house”? Technically, prefab guest houses fall under the category of…

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.…

Build Your Own Metal Building Guest Cottage

Steel Buildings for Backyard Hideaways, Part 12 Our last article began a discussion on creating a metal building guest cottage in your own backyard. This final installment in our backyard hideaways series provides further information on private guest house buildings. The Pressures of the “Sandwich” Generation In many cultures it is common for several generations to live together. More and…