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All About Accessory Dwelling Units

Two free publications (and more) about how ADUs expand housing options for people of all ages

As small houses or apartments that exist on the same property lot as a single-family residence, Accessory Dwelling Units — or ADUs — play a major role in serving a national housing need. This traditional home type is re-emerging as an affordable and flexible housing option that meets the needs of older adults and young families alike. (Find this page again: AARP.org/ADU.)


GETTING STARTED

The ABCs of ADUs

A Guide to Accessory Dwelling Units and How They Expand Housing Options for People of All Ages

A primer for elected officials, policymakers, local leaders, homeowners, consumers and others, The ABCs of ADUs is an award-winning, 20-page introductory and best-practices guide for how towns, cities, counties and states can include ADUs in their mix of housing options.

GET THE GUIDE: 

A double-sided handout about the guide can be ordered using D20477


GETTING INTO THE DETAILS

Accessory Dwelling Units

A Step by Step Guide to Design and Development 

Featuring ADU policies and projects from Austin, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Oakland, California; and Washington, D.C., this 113-page Accessory Dwelling Units design catalog contains information about financing and budgeting for an ADU project as well as visuals that show how ADUs can be easily designed to serve people of differing ages and abilities. 

GET THE GUIDE: 

A trifold brochure about the guide can be ordered using D20481


MORE FROM AARP ABOUT ADUS

STATE-SPECIFIC AARP ARTICLES AND GUIDES

AARP VIDEOS ABOUT ADUS

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES


* If seeking more than one title, you can send a single email using the subject line ADU Guides. We can send one copy of each publication. If seeking multiple copies please explain why and identify the organization you are representing, if any. Delivery of the printed publication will be by mail and can take up to 4 weeks.

Page updated October 2020

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