Abodu Launches New “Backyard Home” Offering in Bay Area

Abodu, Bay Area, San Jose

San Jose, CA, September 5, 2019 – As the housing crunch continues in the Bay Area and rents remain above the levels many residents can afford, Abodu is proud to announce that it will be launching its “Backyard Home” offering across the Bay Area this September. Abodu builds well-designed backyard homes and offers an easy delivery process, installing a new home within two weeks in a backyard. Abodu’s homes add unparalleled functionality, value, extra space and/or rental income to a home.

Abodu backyard homes, created in partnership with award-winning architects, are a balance of thoughtful design and a right-sized space. Each 495 square foot unit is highly customizable, providing options for a range of uses — all with the goal of creating a no-compromise, standalone unit owners will be proud to have in their backyard.

In addition, Abodu today announced that it stands as the City of San Jose’s first pre-approved builder for the City’s new Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)/Single-Family Master Plan Program. ADU vendors who succeed through this program can offer their customers pre-approved plans that can use the City’s fastest, lowest-cost plan review service. With this pre-approval status, an Abodu unit can be installed in a backyard in as little as two weeks.

“We won’t solve our housing crisis $650,000 at a time—we have to bend the cost curve in order to build more housing,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. “We’re grateful for Abodu’s partnership in offering residents pre-approved ‘backyard homes’ — which will help add critically-needed affordable housing to our city’s housing stock. I encourage others to follow their lead.”

“We applaud Abodu for working with us on our new Master Plan Program, and for creating an ADU product that enables customers to swiftly install an ADU,” said Rosalynn Hughey, director of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement. “ADUs can help us address the housing crisis, and San Jose is committed to making ADUs easy to build; we welcome and appreciate vendors like Abodu for helping achieve that goal.”

“Abodu is proud to enter the Bay Area market and provide a new, cost-effective alternative for those seeking more space or looking to monetize their backyard via rental income,” said John Geary, Co-Founder at Abodu.  “Whether a buyer is installing an Abodu backyard home for a family member or as an additional source of income, this is a great and easy way to increase the value and functionality of a home.”

Installation of an Abodu backyard home living unit is simple transparent from beginning to end. Abodu starts with a fixed-price approach in the purchase process and provides multiple financing options.  Abodu works with the buyer to find the best financing from a flexible set of options, whether they want to put $0 down or pay entirely up front. With home construction off-site, buyers do not have to listen to a construction crew in the backyard for four months or more. Each Abodu home is crafted in a nearby factory and engineered to the highest environmental standards.

Abodu is a “one-stop shop” for building a home in a backyard.  When a consumer chooses Abodu, there is no need to think about anything else. Abodu takes care of all the heavy lifting – from permitting to building to installing the backyard home.  Abodu delivers up-front pricing and guarantees buyers a fixed price before it starts any work, while costing less than the average ADU.  An Abodu home can be installed in just 10 percent of the time it would take for a home to be built from start to finish in a backyard.

Abodu units arrive fully constructed, with interior plumbing and electric completed in factory and Abodu units are fully electric and can be ordered with supplemental solar power. Abodu handles all of the work required to connect the unit to local utilities including water, plumbing and electric.  Abodu backyard homes come fully appointed when delivered. This includes a dedicated bedroom (with built-in wardrobe), full bathroom (with large shower, built-in vanity and recessed medicine cabinet), fully appointed kitchen (including a full sized fridge/freezer, stovetop, oven, vented hood, dishwasher and kitchen sink) and a dedicated living room (with window bench). Additionally, all Abodu backyard homes come standard with air conditioning, heating and water heating.

The easy installation of an Abodu home is great for families who need extra space, such as a private home for recent grads, in-laws, or aging relatives, or anyone who needs more space for an office or studio.  The new home can also provide rental income, as Abodu’s award-winning design and high finishes mean that owners can get income from renting out their Abodu.

Pricing for Abodu’s 495 square foot model starts at $199K and customers have the option of upgrading certain features including the entry door, exterior siding and appliances.  As with all newly built homes in California, Abodu offers a limited warranty on the structure for 10 years.

Abodu also offers additional warranties on items including home appliances.
Homeowners have multiple points of customization for their Abodu backyard homes. For exterior appearance, homeowners have choice of exterior siding (choice of color of fiber cement, natural cedar), choice of roof material (composite roof, standing seam metal roof) and choice of entry door (single hinged door, 3 panel folding). On the interior, homeowners can choose flooring color, wall color, appliance trim level (Whirlpool, Fisher & Paykel, Wolf/Sub-Zero), and washer/dryer installation.

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