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To Escape Covid-19, Grandma’s Living in the Backyard

Popular souped-up sheds can cost as much as a full house.

The all-in cost to install this one-bedroom, 495-square-foot model accessory dwelling unit, or ADU, is about $250,000. It has natural cedar siding and a mid-range kitchen package. Abodu partnered with U.K. design firm Koto for the modern, simple design.

The all-in cost to install this one-bedroom, 495-square-foot model accessory dwelling unit, or ADU, is about $250,000. It has natural cedar siding and a mid-range kitchen package. Abodu partnered with U.K. design firm Koto for the modern, simple design.

Photographer: Abodu

The pandemic has forced many families to make a difficult choice: Should elderly parents stay in retirement communities or nursing homes, or should they be brought to live at home?

Suddenly having mom or dad move in after 50 years living separately may not seem like an ideal situation for everyone’s privacy and sanity. But, by some estimates, more than 40% of deaths from Covid-19 have been of people in nursing homes or residential-living facilities for the elderly. Faced with a difficult choice, families are landing on an alternate solution: Put up a separate, tiny house in their backyard.