The coronavirus pandemic has triggered a global health crisis that we are collectively facing today. This situation has caused radical changes in our lives, from the way we work, to the way we live and interact with other people. COVID-19 has forged a new reality to which we are still adapting, almost a whole year later.
Before all this happened, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) were quickly escalating in the housing market world. In recent years, these units have offered affordable housing in expensive cities, a separate space to study or work, and a flat for relatives or visitors. And now, since the pandemic started, ADUs have one new purpose: making the living spaces bigger for people locked up in their homes.
ADUs during lockdown can be many things, like a schoolroom for remote students, a home office for remote workers, or a guest house to accommodate college students and elderly parents. Once an overlooked housing alternative, Secondary Dwelling Units are now one of the most popular types of constructions to build during COVID-19.
So, are ADUs a beneficial accommodation to have during COVID-19 or not?
Now that most people are working from home instead of going to an office, owning a private office space separate from the main dwelling is essential to productivity and balancing work and family life. ADUs respond to the need to have a separate and personal workspace.
Given the virus’s easy-transmission nature, having a separate quarantine space if needed has never been more important. This is especially beneficial for front-line workers who are exposed to the virus regularly, and friends or family members who traveled recently and have to isolate themselves while waiting for the test results.
If there’s one place that has been seriously affected with all that’s going on, it’s nursing homes facilities. If you have parents or grandparents over the age of 65, it’s safer to move your relative to a house in your backyard where you can look after their health, while they still can maintain a sense of independence and privacy.
If before there were plenty of reasons to build an ADU, now they have stopped being just an amenity and have become a necessity to help you face these difficult times. At ADU Resource Center we can help you add one to your property, for any use you believe is convenient. Reach out for a free consultation.