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7 Future Housing Trends – Outhouses and Sheds?

Posted on : 21-11-2010 | By : Sumina | In : Education

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Realtor.com recently reported the 7 future housing trends coming our way in 2011. You can read the full article on their site, but there was one that I was taking a closer look at. Specifically #3 – Sheds are the next evolution.  Hmmm.

As builders seem to be moving away from the huge McMansions, I wonder how viable of an alternative sheds would be, especially in our area. With 100+ degree summer days, cooling and efficiency would be top-of-mind with these types of units. Some of the protocols do look pretty interesting, and I’d be curious to see how they’d hold up in a Texas summer, both with cooling and costs.  Not only that, but how the aesthetics would appeal to the Texas population. The most of what we see right now to increase flex-space are converted garages (often very badly done).

But imagine that you live in Hyde Park, or in the ‘burbs. Would you really imageput one of these in your backyard?  Personally, I’m a fan of modern design, but if I had an historic, turn-of-the century home with limited space, I doubt my neighbors would appreciate this in the neighborhood.

Interestingly, this article from ProSalesMagazine says that a recent survey found that 17.2 million American’s work from home, close to a 40% increase from 2006. So is this a trend that’s going to stick? Whether that’s because more people are doing contract work, or more workers have the ability to work from home, I definitely think it’s trending toward more home-based workers and more flex-space is going to be in demand from home builders.

If you own an older home, are limited in space, and would consider something like this, here is my take-away:

  • Please consider the aesthetics of your  home and neighborhood before putting something like this in. Find something that ‘fits’.
  • Also know that you probably aren’t going to get anywhere near the price you paid for this when you go to sell. Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but at least for a while, it’s not going to happen.
  • Make sure you are dealing with a reputable company who can make you aware of hidden costs you may not have considered (plumbing, electricity, permits, HOA, etc)

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