Accessory Dwelling Units
A Flexible Housing Option We Support
R.B. Homes has been getting national attention for developing Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in Princeton, an affluent community in New Jersey. They are one of the first, if not the first, to develop this kind of affordable housing in New Jersey.
An ADU is an independent dwelling that is located on the same lot as a single-family home. They can be attached to or detached from the primary residence. They serve to create an alternative housing solution in a community that may have limited space and do so in a way that is not only affordable but also seamless. ADUs are designed to blend into the fabric of an existing neighborhood and not create additional density.
Many people see ADUs as an opportunity for aging adults to stay in their homes, and also be close to family. Homeowners may rent an ADU on their property for additional income, for example. Some people may live in an ADU of a home owned by a family member. Caregivers may live in an ADU as well for added convenience, independence and affordability. They can provide optimal housing to caregivers as well.
As communities seek greener, more sustainable housing options, ADUs also come to mind as a forward-thinking, environmental-friendly way to reduce our footprint. They are not only smaller and require fewer resources to build and maintain, but they also allow workers to live closer to jobs. This can reduce traffic, gas emissions, as well as the need for additional infrastructure.
ADUs combine innovation with a grassroots sensibility.