Golley Houses: Energy-Efficient ADUs in Georgia

The city of Decatur, Georgia near Atlanta was an early adopter of the ADU code in the southern United States. The code is also fairly generous in that it allows for tiny dwellings up to 800 square feet. One of the quickest way to take advantage of this type of rental or space option is to purchase an efficient and easy to assemble modular dwelling.

Golley Houses are energy efficient homes made from SIPs.

Photos courtesy of Frank Golley

One company that is offering energy efficient tiny ADUs made from structural insulated panels (SIPs) is Golley Houses. Designed by Frank Golley, the flat-pack kits can be assembled by three or four people in a weekend. The 10×16 foot basic kit ($17,000) uses only 30 panels to assemble a completed structure that can then be finished later on. Additional panels can be added for extra space. The homes can be placed on various types of foundations.

The basic unit comes flat packed with 30 SIPs.

Golley Houses come in several different styles including contemporary, Arts & Crafts, Tudor and Farm House. The basic floor plan is open all the way up to a 16-foot roof. Along with the basic floor plan with no interior options, other floor plans are available.

Golley Houses have several different floor plans.

These include a guest room with a bathroom and bed area, an in-law suite with kitchen and sleeping loft, and the office for business use. The kits include pre-cut structural panels for the walls, roof, and floor. All the splines, precut lumber, fasteners, caulk, and foam sealant are also included.

Frank Golley, an industrial designer, has designed computers, Star Wars branded toys, vending machines and packaging for Coca-Cola USA. He has also been in the real estate industry for over 20 years and created Golley Homes in an attempt to address the affordable housing crisis.

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

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