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Abodu is a startup that specializes in building ADUs, or accessory dwelling units. These are small homes that are built on a concrete foundation and are designed to blend in with the main house. The backyard cottages are often used as rentals or extensions of the main home for family members. Abodu has already built over one hundred of these units across California, Oregon, and Washington! They are typically much cheaper than renting an apartment or retirement home.

The company makes a point that its units should be viewed as assets that appreciate in value, just like a regular house. This is because they are built on a solid foundation and are a permanent part of the property, instead of being classified as vehicles or trailers that normally depreciate in value over time. These prefab backyard tiny homes can be installed in as little as a month’s time.

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They’re Building 340 and 500-square-foot Prefab Backyard Cottages

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This is the Azure Sky, a 3D-printed, prefab, 120-sq.-ft. backyard studio by Azure Printed Homes.

It starts at $24,900 and features a super-modern design with curved floor-to-ceiling windows making it perfect for a home office or fitness space. What are your thoughts on 3D-printed structures like this? 

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120-sq.-ft. Backyard Studio by Azure Printed Homes

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When ADUs became legal in a small Central Kentucky town, Janet and her son/daughter-in-law saw a great opportunity! The son and daughter-in-law own the land and larger home, and Janet lives nearby with her grandkids in a backyard cottage. It’s 320 sq. ft. with no wheels and was built by a local traditional builder.

Minus the deck her son built later, the cost for the home came in at $60,000. She furnished it with compact IKEA furniture with hidden storage and has a garden shed as well.

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Janet’s ADU in Her Son’s Backyard

320 sq ft. Conventional Foundation Tiny Home 3

Images via Janet

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Linda and her husband wanted a place to stay separate from their kids when they visited family in Kentucky, so they jumped at a good deal on a shed shell and then spent one very-rainy summer living in the shed and converting it.

Now Linda has inherited some land and is interested in renting some of it out to others wanting to go tiny! Right now it’s just an idea but you all can comment and discuss your interest in her thoughts and see where it leads. Also, enjoy their progress photos below.

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They Took this 12×40 Shed and Made It a Home

Couple’s Backyard Shed to THOW and Tiny House Community Dreams 4

Images via Linda

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Matt and Linda used to live across the street from each other because they couldn’t find a spot large enough for their blended family. But when they found a fixer-upper with a huge backyard they saw the potential!

That’s when they decided to put twin tiny homes, built by Alternative Living Spaces, in their backyard — one for each teen daughter! The oldest has gone to college, and their daughter’s friend rents the space now. In the future, Matt and Linda want to use the containers for their aging parents. How awesome!

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Two Backyard Container Homes for Teen Daughters

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The Ruthardt family has done so much over the past decade! They built a mortgage-free tiny house/homestead, sold it, jumped into van life and traveled the country, then purchased this gym space in Oklahoma and transformed in into a living and working space. They are off on yet another adventure and selling their home and business.

The front of the building is their gym, with new equipment purchased in 2020. In the back there’s a whole “tiny home” set up, and in the very back a huge garage with a washer/dryer and workshop space. There’s even a backyard with raised beds! They were paying their mortgage with the gym income, so you might be able to do the same.

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Get a Tiny Home & a Business in OK – $365K

FOR SALE Gym with Stealth Tiny Home & Backyard 16

Images via OKCMAR

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This is a home office studio cabin. It’s an 8′ x 8′ build with a 10′ x 10′ roof featuring 64-sq.-ft. inside.

It’s listed via Studios on the Tiny House Marketplace for $8,900 out of Appomattox, Virginia. What do you think?

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8′ x 8′ Office Cabin For $8,900

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If you’re planning a family trip to Portland, this cozy garden yurt is the perfect spot for a vacation! Inside the 24-foot round home sits a queen bed, a standard bed, and a trundle single bed.

Outside the yurt you’ll find a treefort and a trampoline for the kids, and a fire pit for toasting marshmallows under the stars! There’s also a full kitchen in the yurt, so you can cook family meals and save on eating out.

Finally, there’s access to a bathroom and washer/dryer in the utility room of the main house. Book your stay on Airbnb.

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Family-Friendly Yurt Getaway

Backyard garden yurt in Portland 200

Images via Airbnb/Michael

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Here’s an awesome vacation property in Colorado Springs, just minutes from the “Garden of the Gods” and downtown. Dubbed the “Chicken Coop” because there used to be a coop on the property, this fully-renovated cabin looks nothing like a home for poultry!

Grand vaulted ceilings with skylights make the small space feel especially open. The bed is the main feature of the space, but a built-in corner dinette and a mini kitchen line the sidewall. There’s also a three-quarter bathroom with a tiled shower.

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Luxury Studio-Style Tiny Cabin in Colorado Springs

The “Chicken Coop” Studio-Style Cabin

Images via Airbnb/Whitney

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