What Are Shedquarters
If you are not familiar with the term "Shedquarters" you are to be entirely forgiven as this trend is fairly recent. Here's what you need to know.
The term "Shedquarters" has been used to refer to a small structure that is outside the house and usually in the backyard. Think of it as a storage shed on steroids but intended for human use and not your stuff.
They are most often utilized for a home-based business/office or art studio but are also great for a workout room, play room for kids, guest room, or just about anything else you can think of that requires space you don't have.
Most of the basic ones tend to be around 8*8 or 8*10 but there are more elaborate ones that can even top out at over 400 SqFt. Because many cities in the US allow adding a structure under 120 SqFt without permits, expect to see this trend grow over the coming years. As to whether it catches on in the South Bay, that's another question entirely. If the shipping container homes I have previously written about catch on along with these sheds, we may see some interesting development going on.
Many have a very modern design and because they are mostly pre-fab, costs can start as low as around $6,000 (plus interior finish work from some vendors) making these a very cost effective way to add some extra space to 1100 SqFt homes. Reasonably though, even for the smallest sheds you should budget $10-20K to do it right. The larger units can run into the tens of thousands and some have provisions to add kitchens and bathrooms.
While no appraiser is going to count this SqFt as part of the house, that should be the least of your worries. Assuming you place the shed on a cement slab or other permanent attachment and it is sold with the house, it should add value for any potential buyer when you sell.
With CA's 2017 laws easing the use of "Granny Units", there may be some other interesting plays on this and that will be addressed in a separate post later on.
Here's some of my favorite companies in this space. Please note, this is not an endorsement of any of these products. You should do your own research and check local zoning laws and the suitability of your lot.
The company was started by a husband and wife architect team had just purchased a 1940s-era home in Seattle that they planned to renovate. Without any storage space indoors, the couple looked outside and built a shed. And then a business.
Their marketing touts them as "The Original", they are very eco friendly and offer products in small, medium and large sizes. They have a nice website with a lot of information. www.modern-shed.com.
This company offers 4 basic models, is eco friendly and offers some design services and installation in CA. They often advertise their sheds as "forts for grown ups".
Learn more at www.modernspacesandsheds.com.
Based out of Austin TX, this company offers 3 styles" modern, country cottage, and bungalow. They categorize their product as "accessory structures" (for your home I assume). Their marketing material makes the very wise observation that most of the time families need "just one more room".
This European based company (with US offices in Florida) certainly stands out from the pack (see picture below) for their amazing styling. Needless to say they are more expensive as well.
No surprise, based on their name, they consider their products to be "mobile lofts" not sheds, meant to to relax, work and share life with friends.
"We believe that someone special who is creative and likes to distinguish themselves from competitors needs an inspiring free and open living space with exceptional views, to inspire them to dare the impossible."