You are not alone. In fact, millions of people are in the same space-constrained situation, where it’s often difficult to find a dedicated space to focus on work. As a remedy, a growing number of people lucky enough to have a backyard are finding their way to companies like Studio Shed, Kanga Room Systems, Modern Shed, as well as a Marin-based Yard Pods, which was founded over a decade ago, and can provide a site assessment, recommend building materials to complement your existing property, and provide attention from one of the four co-owners - not a salesperson just trying to make a quick sale.
Along with the tiny home revolution in recent years came a new wave of multipurpose structures designed for increasing a home's footprint without a costly renovation. These "sheds," often prefabricated, are easy and quick to build and typically come in at little more than 100 square feet—meaning time-sucking building permits are usually not required. Regardless of what they are called - she shed, granny unit, tiny house, man cave, ADU (accessory dwelling unit) most backyard units tend to resemble a quaint cottage rather than storage space. And whether you purchase an online prefab unit on Amazon (yes, you can) or go custom, the building process on a detached shed will more than likely be a whole lot speedier than your average renovation.
The starting price for a basic unit online is around $10,000 though it would require those special features and customizations be done by the homeowner or homeowner's contractor. All said and done, it could provide a solution in as little as four weeks and less than $20K. It might sound like a good chunk of change, but consider the alternative of losing your mind or buying a larger home. #WorthIt.
If you don’t want a commute, but still need a quiet place to think, away from the comings and goings of family life, look no further than your own back yard. Depending on codes and covenants in effect where you live, a backyard shed or ADU could easily become your own private work space just steps from your door. It combines the convenience of a home office with the physical (and psychological) separation between “working” and “relaxing” that is often missing when you work from home.
If you would like more ideas on optimizing your Marin County home during Shelter In Place, please get in touch, I’d love to hear from you. Tracy Curtis, Coldwell Banker Realty, 415-910-0599.
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