By Alvarie Schröder. Home Decoration. Published at Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 - 08:33:49 AM.
These therapy gardens arent just for those seeking relief, however, says Langrall, who also writes the “Santa Fe in Bloom” column for the Santa Fe New Mexican. “Caregivers may find it helpful to escape outside for a few minutes to relieve their stress,” she adds. With interest in therapy gardens growing, its important that youre able to help clients understand what elements they might want to incorporate, including plants, hardscape, and architectural features. And if you land a listing that already has this kind of garden, make sure you understand how it can help a home stand out amid less nurturing inventory.
Why its happening: Affordability is in great demand, with rising home prices and a shortage of desirable downtown locations. “Whats needed is more dense land planning, common outdoor space, greater acceptance of attached homes, and sometimes doing without a garage,” says architect Bill Ramsey with KTGY Architecture and Plannings Denver office. Whats considered livable yet affordable often needs to be larger than tiny homes, most of which are less than 500 square feet. John Hunt, president of Atlanta-based MarketNsight, a research firm focused on the building industry, thinks theres a more viable option: microhouses, which range from 500 to 1,000 square feet. They fit community codes for permanent housing, unlike tiny homes that often must be built atop trailers due to their modest square footage. Microhouses also offer equity, unlike rental microapartments. They can be constructed as narrow townhouses or as a one-story, single-family designs. Home builder Jim Chapman Jr. recently received approval from the city of East Point outside Atlanta for 40 microhouses, each between 500 and 1,000 square feet on a 7.69-acre historic downtown site. Prices will start in the high $100,000s.
Some prefer to locate them in the open for better views, to be social, or because of cultural traditions, says Topher Delaney, a garden designer with Delaney + Chin in San Francisco. “Many Hispanic families are very inclusive—at a hospital, weve seen 15 members of a family show up—while other groups want it quieter. You need to have different strategies to address different cultures,” he says. Accessibility is also an important feature in site selection. Langrall says its important to consider universal design principles for those with mobility issues or who want to age in place.
Similarly, Jennifer Roach, salesperson with Premier Sothebys International Realty in Sarasota, Fla., has a $1.2 million listing in her citys historic district that she says probably hasnt sold because its detached garage was converted to a guest cottage. The house has been listed since the end of March. She cautions homeowners that such an improvement represents a “gamble.” Whether youre selling a historic home that never had a garage, one on a tight lot where there isnt room, or one where the space has been converted, you can use a multistep marketing approach to help widen the buyer pool. Heres how to proceed:
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