In the next 10 years, America’s elderly population is said to double. And as you would expect, many of our aging family members would rather live at home or with us versus anywhere else. As an alternative to retirement homes, a new idea is popping up—in back yards! Granny Pods, Mother in Law Flats, Granny Cottages; sound familiar? They are standalone dwellings that are built close to the main house, allowing aging parents to stay close to their children while still maintaining independence.
Some options for these dwellings allow for specific accessibility, making them an alternative to nursing homes. However, just because these homes are functional and practical doesn’t mean that you must sacrifice style. Simplemost.com compiled a collection of beautiful “Granny Pods” or whatever you would like to call them! I’ve included five of the featured homes below but for the complete list please visit their site here.
1. Portland Mother-In-Law Cottage
An architect designed this rustic tiny home for his mother-in-law in the family’s backyard. The 200-square-foot space was made mostly with reclaimed building materials. While it has a kitchenette and bathroom, mom is still just steps from the main house.
2. Modern Pod
A sleek pod-style building would add a modern touch to a backyard. These glorified garden shed granny pods are also energy-efficient.
3. Berkeley Backyard Cottage
This family’s guest cottage doubles as a work space.
The white wood interior is cozy and classic.
4. Historically Inspired Cottage
A small outbuilding complements the large Palo Alto Dutch Colonial Revival style home it sits behind.
5. Portland Treehouse
This ADU (auxiliary dwelling unit) near Portland stretches out over a wooded hillside area.