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The Granny Pod Process | A Guide to Buying a Granny Pod

Updated: Feb 27, 2023

Linked Living Homes aims to ease the stress of purchasing a prefab granny pod. It might seem like an overwhelming process, but with our years of experience, we have created a simple streamlined process.

About Granny Pods

A Prefabricated Granny Pod in a backyard.

What is a Granny Pod? A Granny Pod is a self-contained living unit designed for elderly relatives to live near their family's main home and can be connected or disconnected to a families home. These small, portable homes are typically located in the backyard and come equipped with the necessary amenities such as a bedroom, bathroom, and kitchenette. Granny Pods provide a solution for families who want to keep their elderly loved ones close while still maintaining their independence and privacy.

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The Granny Pod Process

Our process can be broken down into a few different steps. This blog will briefly cover the main ones. If you want more details on Linked Living Homes process, check out our Process Page

What do you need to do to get a Granny Pod?

1. Planning your Granny Pod

Choose from a standard design or customize the floor plan to meet your specific needs. On our materials specification sheet, you'll pick out all the materials to be used including structural, insulation, and finishes. One of our salespeople will walk through the planning step and be sure to explain all of your options and answer all questions that you have.


2. Permits

Regulations and permits required for building a granny pod can vary depending on the location and specific features of the structure. Generally you need a building and zoning permit from the local authorities, sometimes they are done as a two in one from one authority. Because we build our Granny Pods inside a factory, we also need a permit from the state of WI modular program and we have a third party agency come into our shop and do inspections while the home is at our location. Permitting can be a tricky party of the process for someone who is not familiar with the process. You need to know the right people to talk to and the right questions to ask to move through this step smoothly. At Linked Living we handle all of the permitting for our customers so that they do not need to deal with the hassle of trying to figure everything out themselves.


3. Factory Construction

Expertly crafted Prefab Granny Pods for aging in place

Building indoors is a great benefit to both us as a builder and the customer as well. Because we are protected from the weather we don't have weather driven setbacks to schedule. The other major benefit is that the materials stay clean and dry. It's also known that workers do higher quality work when they are in a clean, dry, warm, well lit environment which ultimately translates to a higher quality built home. Factory construction takes 1-2 months, during that time customers are welcome to stop in and check out the progress.


Site Install

After the modules have been constructed in the factory, they are transported to the final location for assembly. The installation process involves securing the modules to a foundation, connecting utilities and completing the exterior and interior finishes. The structural installation and roof are typically done in one day and the completion of the project takes another 1-3 weeks. Once installation is complete, the granny pod is ready for use and can provide a comfortable and functional living space for elderly loved ones within the home.


Learn More about Linked Living Homes and how we bring families together and promote family living, especially for the elderly and those with special needs through modular home additions.



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