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Berkeley's backyard tiny house adds income & affordable housing

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Published on Oct 8, 2012

Karen Chapple is a city planning professor so she knows all about the benefits of backyard cottages as urban infill and for adding density to sprawling neighborhoods, but when she took out a loan to build her own "accessory dwelling unit" (AKA secondary dwelling unit, granny flat, in-law unit), she did it for what she calls selfish reasons.

The place is small- the footprint is just 250 square feet (the 450 square feet total includes the sleeping loft and porch)-, but her first tenants were a family with a 2-year-old son. Both Karen Kerr and her partner are firefighters which means their salaries don't go far in the high rent communities of the San Francisco Bay Area. So downsizing to a tiny home just made sense.

More info on original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/...

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