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Home + home: Twin Cities ADU Guidebook

Feb 2019

Are you a homeowner interested in generating rental income without acquiring another property? Planning to downsize in your retirement? Wanting to help support an aging parent or special needs child? An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) could be the answer.

Whether it’s a basement apartment or a unit above the garage, an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a smaller, self-contained residential unit with its own entrance, living room, kitchen, and bathroom on the same lot as the primary house. ADUs can generate rental income for property owners or provide multi-generational living options.

Family Housing Fund has created a guidebook to help Twin Cities homeowners learn about and build ADUs. Home + home includes stories from homeowners who have built ADUs to offer ideas and inspiration, space to sketch out your goals and designs, and an overview of policies and procedures that might impact your project. 

ADUs are a flexible, neighborhood-scale solution to our regional housing needs. They provide affordable options in the private market and represent gentle, or “hidden” density as a form of small-scale infill housing. If ADUs became as common in the Twin Cities as they are in Portland, OR (about 1.5% of single-family lots), the region would create 11,000 new housing units.

Want to print the guidebook? Download a printer-friendly version. You can also print the research worksheet (pages 30-31 of the guidebook) and the graph paper worksheet (page 33 of the guidebook).

Curious about your city’s ADU policies? This overview of Twin Cities policies can help.

Are you a policy leader? Take a look at our ADU policy brief to learn about effective policies that make ADUs easier for homeowners to build.

Want to stay up-to-date on ADU news, resources, and events? Sign up for our ADU mailing list.

Topics
Home Ownership
Who is it for?
Engaged Citizens & Neighbors, Housing Advocates

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