accessory dwelling units pay off

How can I afford to pay my mortgage? How can I live in a smaller footprint? Consider building an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on your property, and renting out that unit or your main home.

Secondary units may be built easily in Santa Cruz (CA), Austin (TX) or Portland (OR), and other cities are starting to hear requests. Portland permits units between 200 and 800 sq. ft. or 75% of the main home’s size, whichever is smaller.

The New York Times published a story about ADUs this week, highlighting owners who built or renovated structures. Let’s see them!

Stephanie & Sam Dyer built this 452 sq. ft. Portland home for $110,000. It is used to house their visiting families and also gets rented out. (Accessory Dwellings)

Stephanie & Sam Dyer built this 452 sq. ft. Portland home for $110,000. It is used to house their visiting families and also gets rented out. (Accessory Dwellings)

In the Dyer unit, there's built-in seating for dining which transforms into a lounging area to watch TV. (Accessory Dwellings)

In the Dyer unit, there’s built-in seating for dining which transforms into a lounging area to watch TV. (Accessory Dwellings)

In this small house, the Dyers built stairs to a top floor sleeping area and a small bathroom. (Accessory Dwellings)

In this small house, the Dyers built stairs leading to a top floor sleeping area and a small bathroom. (Accessory Dwellings)

Bryan Scott and Jen Wantland renovated their 480 sq. ft. Portland garage for $60,000. They rent out a main home, live in the garage and rent it when away. (Accessory Dwellings)

Bryan Scott and Jen Wantland renovated their 480 sq. ft. Portland garage for $60,000. They rent out a main home, live in the garage and rent it when away. (Accessory Dwellings)

Scott and Wantland created an open loft, with a kitchen and dining area that seats eight. (Accessory Dwellings)

Scott and Wantland created an open loft, with a kitchen and dining area that seats eight. (Accessory Dwellings)

Scott even made the bath area urbane, featuring an elegant spa-like shower room constructed with concrete. (Airbnb)

Scott even made the bath area urbane, featuring an elegant spa-like shower room constructed with concrete. (Airbnb)

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