Here’s an interesting solution for those looking for a tiny turn-key backyard house… or in this case a not so tiny backyard house. Kephart Living is producing a line of manufactured homes they call Sidekick Homes.
The model pictured here is the Right House. It’s about 600 square feet and has one bedroom, one bathroom, and a modern style. Other designs are available from 360 square feet to 1,160 square feet. They are designed specifically as back houses, otherwise known as mother-in-law units, or to be technically correct Accessory Dwelling Unit or (ADUs). But they can be used as primary residences if zoning allows.
These designs from Kephart Living are a response to the growing demand for retirement solutions for families wanting to provide living space for aging family members close to home. They are designed to be fully accessible with easily traversed doorways and few (if any) steps.
The houses are factory built with about a six month lead time from ordering to delivery. They range in price from $75,000 to $200,000 and while not inexpensive they are complete homes that can be delivered and installed in your property. Since installation challenges can range widely the cost of installation, foundation, and utility hookups is not included in the price of the delivered home. Financing is available through many mortgage lenders since this type of construction is well understood by the mortgage industry. Photo credit Kephart Living.