Of course, you love your parents and um, your in-laws, too (most of the time, anyway). And it really would be nice to have them living nearby. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re chomping at the bit to have them move in with you. The solution? Invest in a granny pod.
These micro (and often adorable) homes are also known as accessory dwelling units or med cottages. Designed to fit into a backyard (they can be as small as 300 square feet), they’re the ideal fix for retirees who don’t want to give up their independence completely by sharing a roof with their kids, but also don’t want (or can’t afford) to get a place of their own.