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Old Yesterday, 12:56 PM
 
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Anyone have experience with building a tiny home in their front or back yard? I'm considering it as a place for my elderly mom to live. I tried her living in my house and that was a nightmare (she has dementia but can function on her own for the most part).


I have a decent enough back yard that it will fit there but then I lose all that backyard for other things. I don't use it for anything but I'm thinking long term and resell value.



Would spending upwards of $200K on a tiny home be worth it from a financial standpoint? Right now my mom's stay at a facility is costing her over $5K a month. Their care is subpar at best, so I'm looking for an alternative that's also financially beneficial for me.
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Old Yesterday, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I'd start with checking with the building department to make sure they are allowed in your area. If they aren't, there's no point in more research.
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Old Yesterday, 01:35 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Agree. Look into the legalities/zoning restrictions first. There may well be setbacks and utility restrictions you can't stay in compliance with. I'd also talk with an experienced local realtor about the pros and cons of converting yard space into structures. It might be a bad move in terms of resale. Also consider that dementia tends to progress. What might work for her now may not remain feasible.
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Old Today, 07:02 AM
 
Location: East Lansing, MI
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Depends on your market, I would think. "Casitas" are pretty common in many parts of the West and would definitely add value.

$200K seems quite generous for a budget.
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Old Today, 09:21 AM
 
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Originally Posted by hooligan View Post

$200K seems quite generous for a budget.
Don't be too sure. The OP will have to add water, sewer, and electric lines, and HVAC and wireless service. With the COVID disruptions in building material and appliance supplies, everything is costing more and taking longer.

I am in the process of converting a garage that already had power and heat & AC. It's still going to cost $100K+, largely because of the expense of adding utilities. Appliances are backordered until June. $200K sounds about right if you have to do construction as well.

BTW, I agree with @Parnassia: while the facility your Mom is in right now may not be optimal, if she has dementia she isn't going to be able to live by herself much longer. It might be more practical to start researching facilities that might be a better fit.

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Old Today, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Sandy Eggo's North County
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OP~ Check with your City, as they may have a program for ADU's. They even have 3-4 sets of "pre-approved" plans where I am. Reductions in gov't costs are making ADU's much more "do-able" for many home owners. This is to reduce the pressure of demand, on the RE market. My neighbor put up a 2-story ADU. It went up in 8 hours, as it was pre fab.
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