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
This IKEA table folds compact when not needed.
She has a compact oven for cooking.
Here’s the table with just one side lifted.
Her apartment-sized fridge and various aloes.
She chose a lovely light blue color indoors.
Her bedroom space with high-up storage.
It matches the “big house” and looks lovely.
Here’s a during-construction picture.
Drywall going up!
Her son later added the porch.
She looks so happy here!
Very conventional tiny house built by a builder in 2020 in a small town in Central Kentucky. It took 9 mo and cost $60K to build. 320 sq. ft. of living space on a foundation. No wheels, not DIY, not even ‘rustic chic’, but works well for me in my late 70s so I can enjoy life next door to my family including granddaughters. High ceilings, transom windows, loft for storage, downstairs bed area, full bathroom with tiled walk in shower. Apartment sized appliances. My bed frame, coffee table, foot stool and love seat all have extra storage areas. I also installed a gardening shed on my deck.
Built for and financed by my son and his wife after many years of looking for a house with a mtr in law apt. or additional living space with an eye on renting out if I leave. Zoning was changed to match nearby urban areas allowing for ADUs which made the building fully legal. Full w/d and water heater in adjacent garage. Deck was built on by my son at additional cost, (no labor cost ;D) and I plan to have an awning installed this Spring. The mini split provides sufficient heat/ac and also provides good air flow in this small space.
I major downsized, (third time) and have lived here full time since Sept. 1, 2020. No extra house or storage areas. I garden on the deck and next to house but the kids keep up the yard. We keep track of each other’s pets, borrow needed tools, borrow a cup of sugar or a car when needed. I originally planned to live in a co-housing unit built in Nashville but the recession changed my mind and this has worked out even better.
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Bed, wardrobe, pantry, over the frig cabinet and gate leg table from IKEA
Summit range and outside gardening shed bought online from Home Depot
Small (9.8 cu. ft.) but full size refrigerator/freezer from Lowes
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