Recently my friends became empty-nesters. After six months of living without their kids in their 2,500 sq. ft. suburban home, they fondly remembered how good of a home it had been. They also realized it was now overkill. So, they sold it – they sold it all! They literally sold 90% of all they owned, holding back only their most prized possessions. As they considered their next move, they became aware of the tiny-home craze. They were very interested and soon started looking at the idea of livable sheds – a pre-made, quality constructed canvas that could be built out however they choose.
Here are a few factors that eventually led them to choose livable sheds:
Quality vs Quantity
Many homeowners dream of living in luxury; a beautiful home with impressive amenities. But as the housing market continues to boom across America, many people find themselves at the crossroads of size or quality. Building out your own livable shed means you can enjoy high end finishes or go with the popular minimalist treatment. Form versus function? The good news is that YOU get to decide.
Handy Man or Not?
The world seems divided into those with creative genius, those who can build anything, and occasionally that person who can do both. Livable sheds doesn’t have a preference. It is literally an open room. You can dream it, design it, and finish it out to your liking. Livable Sheds also leave room in your budget for you to hire that creative professional or a super skilled craftsman to make your new home perfect for your specific needs. However you choose to fill go, you have unlimited amounts of options to make your space your very own.
Addition by Subtraction
My friends describe selling all their possessions as “a relief they never expected.” They had collected a lot of stuff over twenty years, raising two kids. So, they culled out the items they couldn’t let go of and surprisingly what remained all fit neatly in a 300 sq. ft. garage! The truth is that most of us naturally accumulate stuff over the years and fill whatever extra space we have with things we might eventually get rid of anyway. Downsizing to a livable shed means subtracting square footage that we might feel compelled to fill.
Reducing Your Footprint
Tiny-home living appeals to many life stages: the recently empty nested, the soon to retire, the newlyweds with no children yet, or the unmarried college grad. Whatever your interest in building small, one glaring benefit is saving money. Besides the environmental concession, having a smaller footprint means less to heat and cool, less to light up, and less to maintain. That means more money in your pocket. Don’t spend it all in one place.
Once you decide to downsize the next question is where? The beautiful answer – wherever! Down by the river, deep in the woods, or the back forty acres of the family property. Although seemingly obvious, it should be noted most suburban HOAs are probably out of bounds. But if you are considering livable sheds, chances are you are more than ready to escape the trappings of suburban life. At Backyard Outfitters, we offer free delivery and easy set up within 30 miles of any of our 180+ dealers. Now you have freedom to use the thousands of dollars you saved by buying your livable shed to purchase that property you fell in love with.
**To be clear, we do not sell tiny homes. We sell wooden structures. Consumers are responsible for making sure any building they purchase meets the building codes in the municipalities in which they live.
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