Airbnb is launching an initiative called Backyard, wherein the homeshare company will design and sell “affordable” residences as early as next year.

The houses will be modular and adaptable to suit users’ needs, and will be built to enable residents to have, and rent out, spare rooms through the platform.

Backyard buildings will not be limited to Airbnb hosts, but marketing will include emphasis on cutting housing costs by renting out space.

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