ADUs Prove Invaluable to “Sandwich Generation”
Over the last few years, there has been a lot of focus on the “sandwich generation” and the stress they face at this stage of life. Typically defined as people aged 40 to 59, the sandwich generation derives its moniker from being sandwiched between two generations – growing kids and aging parents – that they care for, along with the related demands.
The challenge of taking care of one’s family and home, as well as aging parents, has proven overwhelming and financially draining for many. Aging parents often need smaller, single-story housing and care, or to be close to family who can keep an eye on them and help them as needed. Board and care or other retirement facilities are often not financially feasible.
Accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, are proving to be an invaluable solution that offers a range of benefits for those facing the unique demands of multigenerational living. Sometimes referred to as an in-law unit or granny flat, ADUs are standalone units, designed similar to studio or one-bedroom apartments, complete with a bedroom, living area, kitchen, and separate entrance.
More families are discovering that placing an ADU on their property saves money while allowing their parents to age in place, a priority for most elderly people. ADUs allow aging parents to enjoy independence and privacy, without being isolated or too far from family when they need assistance.
“We often hear from clients that putting an ADU on their property has improved their stress and quality of life,” said HomeQuest General Manager and Partner Shane Joffe. “The emotional and financial toll of taking care of aging parents is tough on families, and purchasing an ADU to place on an existing property is often the ideal solution.”
Since 2019, California has implemented new laws to help facilitate the construction and placement of ADUs. These changes include streamlining the permit approval process, reducing or eliminating minimum lot size requirements, reducing or eliminating parking mandates, and relaxing setback regulations. The easing of these regulations promotes more accessible and efficient construction, making placement on a property easier than ever.
The extra space and flexibility of an ADU also increases a property’s value. In addition to being suitable for parents, an ADU can also be rented out for passive income, used by grown children returning home after graduating college, or simply utilizing the space as a home office, gym, “she shed” for crafts, or “man cave” for watching sports or entertaining.
At HomeQuest, we pride ourselves on helping clients find the perfect ADU for their property and to meet their family’s needs. Contact us today to let us know how we can assist you.