With the recent explosion of interest in “tiny homes” and accessory dwelling units (ADUs) as potential solutions to the affordable housing shortage in many urban centers, a number of people are wondering which way to turn to obtain useful information about this new trend in housing. One of the most helpful resources available today is Backdoor Revolution: The Definitive Guide to ADU Development, written by Kol Peterson, a leader in the tiny house movement.
This book is a thorough resource for those who may be considering designing, building and possibly living in or offering for rent a “tiny house,” or ADU. Written by a veteran of ADU projects, it recaps the reasons for the growth in the ADU market, and offers specific advice and pointers on these projects.
The first half of book serves as an in-depth, detailed guide to the process of designing and building an ADU. Topics covered include costs, financing, permitting, ADU design, rental models, and step-by-step development guidance. It has been written primarily for homeowners who want to develop ADUs on their properties.
The second half of the book dives into larger issues that have kept ADUs from taking off in most U.S. cities until now. With case studies and a synthesis of research regarding ADUs, Backdoor Revolution can provide city planners and ADU advocates many tools to use to promote the development of more ADUs in their communities.