Published at Monday, March 18th, 2019 - 23:46:39 PM. Outdoor. By Aili Otto.
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.
The most typical feature Collins sees pet owners gravitate to is a designated grooming room near the kitchen, back door, mud room, or laundry area. A pet shower, generally measuring up to 5 feet by 5 feet, is placed either at ground level or slightly elevated for smaller animals. A typical pet wash station features a vinyl pan base, tiled walls, and wand-style showerhead. Other features may include a dryer, cabinetry with built-in water and food bowls, toy storage, bed, wall hooks for leashes and collars, a “doggie door” offering access to the yard, and window strategically placed so a pet can see outside. Homebuilder Randy Thelen of Thelen Total Construction in Elkhorn, Wis., estimates that a typical built-in pet shower may run about $1,000.
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