The Benefits of Adding a Cottage to Your Backyard

You’ve been looking for new ways to upgrade your living space, but you’ve run out of room in your actual home. There are only so many renovations that you can make before your house is perfect, but you’re still hungry for more. Now what?

Why not add a backyard cottage? A small and quaint accessory dwelling unit is a great way to upgrade your property when you’re out of ideas for the main house.

But why would you want one? Is it really worth the cost? Let’s talk about it. Read on to learn all about the benefits of building a cottage in your backyard.

It’s Great for Elderly Family Members

One of the top reasons that people choose to build backyard cottages is to use them as mother-in-law suites. Don’t let the name fool you, however. Elderly family members of any gender or familial connection are more than welcome. 

When your elderly loved one starts to have mobility problems, memory problems, or just doesn’t want to live so far away anymore, it’s a good idea to consider having them move in with you. Not every senior wants to move into a senior living facility or retirement home.

That said, having them in your actual home can also present problems. They can’t decorate it as they please, the home might not be safe for them, and you might just not have enough space for everyone to cohabitate in peace. 

An accessory dwelling unit is a perfect solution. You can keep your elderly ones close to you, but everyone gets their own space. Your loved ones can retain their independence and incorporate their own design ideas while still being able to spend time with you and your household whenever they want. 

It’s Perfect for Adults or Teenage Children 

What if the people who might need extra space are already living in your home (or they’ve recently moved out)? That’s right, a backyard cottage makes a perfect home for children that have left the nest (but still want to stay close).

Housing is expensive, and more young adults than ever are living with their families. While it’s great to live with your loved ones, any parent knows that things can get tense in the house if adult and teenage children don’t get enough alone time.

A backyard cottage is a great place for a teen who’s almost ready to live on their own, but still needs to be under the watchful eye of some adult guardians. For children who had already moved out and away, a backyard cottage is a perfect nest to return to.

Your child can treat the cottage as if it were their own apartment and they don’t have to pay the current exorbitant rent prices. 

Even if your children are only visiting for the holidays, they’ll appreciate having their own space where they can spend some quiet time.

It’s a Fantastic Guest House

Speaking of visiting, a backyard cottage makes a perfect guest house

Do you love having guests visit you, but don’t love how much space they take up in your home? Wouldn’t it be nice if your guests didn’t have to sleep on a pull-out couch in your living room?

A backyard cottage is like a separate apartment or hotel room. It has everything that your guests might want or need, so they don’t have to go out of their way to book an expensive stay elsewhere or tiptoe around you and your household. 

If they want to get up early to do a fun activity or stay up late after a night out, they don’t have to worry about disturbing you. When it’s time for you to all get together again, they’re right nearby so you don’t have to drive to pick them up. 

It Increases the Value of Your Home

If money is a concern, this might interest you. Yes, it’s not cheap to build a perfect backyard cottage, but it is worthwhile. Your backyard cottage can pay for itself eventually.

When you have an accessory dwelling unit in your yard, you know that the value of your home is going to go up. Everyone loves the idea of having a guest house. They seem like luxury home additions. 

Potential buyers will be lining up out the door to buy your home when you’re ready to move on and find a new place to live.

You can also use your cottage to generate passive income. This will set you up for a future of financial security. 

You Can Use It for Leisure Activities  

Have you always wanted extra space for some of your favorite activities, but there’s just not enough room in your home? A backyard cottage is there to save the day.

When you’re not using your backyard cottage for guests or family members, it can be your own personal art studio, home gym, yoga studio, and so much more. Whatever you love to do, you’ll have room for it in your backyard cottage.

When it’s time to welcome people into the cottage, simply tuck your things away in the ample storage that you’ve planned for your accessory dwelling unit.

You Need a Backyard Cottage

With all of this in mind, why wouldn’t you want a backyard cottage for your home? You deserve to have enough space for you, your family, and your guests to enjoy. A backyard cottage isn’t just a fantastic extra space; it’s also an investment in your future. 

If you’re ready to take the plunge and get a backyard cottage, we want to talk to you! At Acton ADU, we pride ourselves on our luxury accessory dwelling units.

Contact us to start planning today.

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