The Benefits of Manufactured Homes for Your Mother-in-Law Suite

Have you ever heard of a mother-in-law suite? These spaces have been popular for decades. They are a “home inside a home” that allows your mother (or father or both parents) to enjoy their retirement with you close by. A Mother-in-law suite allow elderly parents to save money during their later years and benefit from the extra care that they might need.

However, many people in the 55+ age group are not ready to give up their independence. And with so many advances in healthcare, our parents are living longer and healthier lives than ever. Not only is this something to celebrate, but it gives us more time with them than people had with their parents in recent decades.

What if you could offer them a Mother-in-law suite that gives them more space and privacy than space within your home? An ADU might be just the right solution.

What is an ADU?

An ADU stands for Accessory Dwelling Unit. Think of it as a small house that can go on the same land as a bigger house. It’s like having a second, smaller home on your property, and it may be a perfect option for your mom when she’s ready to downsize.

There are two main types: Attached (AADU) and Detached (DADU).

An AADU is connected to your main house. Think of it as an addition offering more square footage but its own complete living space. A DADU is not attached to the main house. It can be in the backyard or somewhere else on the property. Many people want to create that “mother-in-law suite” concept but with the DADU option. Mom can be close by but has her own place. Her own home.

In places like the Puget Sound region, including counties like Kitsap, Mason, Jefferson, and Clallam, ADUs are a big help. They offer a place to live that doesn’t cost a lot. This is great for seniors who want to live near their families but also keep their own space. They can have their privacy, live comfortably, and not worry about the big expenses of other housing options.

ADUs make it easier for mom to stay close without giving up her independence.

Reasons Why Mom Might Love an ADU Instead of Assisted Living

An article from Forbes suggests an estimated 30,600 assisted living communities in the U.S. About 800,000 older adults live in these residences, and about 70% are female. About half of people who reside in assisted living are at least 85 years old, suggesting that many could be as young as the 55+ community. And while there are many benefits to these communities, they may not be the best choice for your mom, especially if she is still in good health and can care for most of her needs.

Here are some reasons why your mom might love the idea of an ADU.

  • Cozy and Personal: An ADU offers a cozy feel, perfect for one or two people. It allows mom to decorate and make the space truly her own, unlike a room in a large assisted living facility.
  • Privacy: In her ADU, mom enjoys her own private space without sharing walls with neighbors. It’s her personal retreat for quiet mornings and peaceful evenings.
  • Freedom and Independence: Mom sets her own schedule in an ADU. She can eat, sleep, and entertain friends on her terms, maintaining her independence while living close to family.
  • Proximity to Family: Living in an ADU means being just steps away from loved ones but within your own space. Sharing meals and moments together is easy. At her place or yours, spending time with each other is so easy and doesn’t require a drive across town.

Why Manufactured Homes Make the Perfect ADU for Your Home

So, now that we understand the many benefits of an ADU, let’s talk about how manufactured homes fit into the picture. Manufactured homes, previously referred to as mobile homes before June 15, 1976, are stand-alone factory-built homes that can be placed on almost any property you own, provided there are no limiting zoning restrictions.

  • Quick Setup: Manufactured homes are built in a factory and then moved to your property. This means you can have a new ADU ready much faster than building one from scratch.
  • Cost-Effective: These homes often cost less than traditional construction. You save money, hands down. This makes adding an ADU a smart choice without breaking the bank.
  • Customizable: Manufactured homes come in various designs and layouts. You can choose one that perfectly suits mom’s needs and style.
  • Quality Controlled: Since they’re built indoors, manufactured homes are made under strict quality standards. You get a well-built, durable home for your ADU.
  • Eco-Friendly: Many manufactured homes are designed with energy efficiency in mind. This means lower utility bills for mom and less impact on the environment.
  • Moveable: A manufactured home ADU can be moved if ever needed. This flexibility is great for future planning or changing needs.

Why ECM Homes is Your Choice for a Manufactured Home ADU For Your Mom

Choosing ECM Homes for your manufactured home ADU is a smart move. Here’s why we think you and Mom will love our Palm Harbor Homes:

  • Local Experts: We know Kitsap, Mason, Jefferson, and Clallam counties inside and out and understand the local rules for ADUs.
  • Wide Range of Options: We offer a variety of manufactured homes. Whether your mom loves modern looks or cozy cottages, you’ll find the perfect fit. Check out our floor plans to get started.
  • Turnkey Solutions: We handle everything from selecting your home to setting it up on your property. Check out our process page to see how easy it can be. Trust us, you don’t have to worry about the details.
  • Quality Assurance: With ECM Homes, you’re getting a home built to last. We prioritize quality and durability. After all, your mom’s comfort and safety is important to us, too.
  • Customer-Focused: Our team listens to what you and your mom need. We guide you through every step, from picking the right floor plan for the land available to selecting the right options, including handicap accessibility.
  • Community Ties: ECM Homes isn’t just a company; we’re part of your community. They care about making your area a better place, one home at a time.

For a manufactured home ADU that ticks all the boxes, ECM Homes is the sensible choice.

Ready to Build a Manufactured Home ADU for Your Mom?

If you and Mom have decided that an ADU is the right choice, we make it easy to get started with ECM Homes. Call us at 1-877-624-7747 or complete the inquiry form on our website. We’ll work with you on all the necessary steps to help your mom get the home she loves.

P.S. If your mom isn’t quite ready for an ADU and prefers living in an active community for 55+ seniors, be sure to check out our options in Lavender Meadows and Crystal Mountain MHC.