The buzz about ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units) is definitely gaining momentum. From shows like Tiny House, Big Living to Dee Williams’ TED Talk about her company, Portland Alternative Dwellings, there are many options as far as dreaming up the right way to design a home that’s more efficient and versatile. Think of an ADU as a secondary house or apartment with a separate entrance as well as its own kitchen and living room space that shares the same land of a larger, primary home. What would make a home even more appealing? Let’s add fun to the mix. ideabox, right out of Salem, makes it fun to build your customizable home. These homes could be ADUs, or they could be specifically designed as your primary home. With ideabox, can design a home with, “The right amount of everything.”

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The thing not a lot of people know about, is that you can build ADUs now in Salem at Pringle Creek Community. If you’re looking to build smaller home in addition to your primary home, that’s what we call an ADU. The benefits of building an ADU are that it’s a great way to keep the family close, but also feel a sense of individuality and freedom with separate dwellings. Maybe grandma or grandpa would like to be close to the grandkids, or perhaps your kids have a place to stay and begin asserting their independence while going to college. Another benefit is that an ADU can also serve as another source of income for paying off your mortgage. There are many ways to utilize having an ADU depending on your lifestyle.

If you’re thinking of downsizing, it actually may create more freedom for you and your family in the long run. It’s a lot easier to “close up shop” with a smaller home. If you travel a good amount for work,  you’re a snowbird, or perhaps you’re lucky enough to have the summers off, then this may be a great option. If you are aiming to live more simply and declutter your life, then this may be the right choice for you.