From Airbnb retreats to modern granny flats, there's numerous reasons to want an extra room in the backyard, writes Jessica Gabites
If you love your home and the suburb you live in but are in need of extra living space, you can have it all without having to move and buy a bigger house. From home offices and yoga studios to teen retreats and games rooms, the desire for more indoor space is pushing the trend for alternative living zones right into our backyards.
Whether it is renovating the old shed out the back to use as an office or having a separate bedroom and living area in the backyard to rent out as an Airbnb, the trend for extra contemporary living spaces offers homeowners the chance to stay in their dream home with the added flexibility of more living quarters.
Julie Durand , business development manager of the Longridge Group, says "factors such as cost of living increases, teenagers staying at home forlonger, people wanting to be closer to extended family and the rise of Airbnbs, are all contributing to the increasing trend of people wanting extra space in their existing backyard ".
"The option of moving house is proving less attractive as many of our clients seek to avoid the expense and hassles associated with uprooting your family," she says. Longridge Group's Atlas Living brand has 14 stand -alone contemporary living designs and nine linked extensions which can be built on a customer's property. Julie says these are just starting designs with Atlas Living able to customise each design for their clients, their property size, as well as council restrictions.
"Home owners tend to have established networks in the areas they live - whether it's a local school, family nearby or having a short commute to work - so when they need more space, they can be reluctant to move." "Having the ability to increase your living space in your own backyard is far less disruptive and much more cost effective."
Atlas Living can deliver everything from a simple rumpus room space or studio, right through to an independent living unit - fully decked out with kitchen , bedroom and bathroom. Its Eco range of stand -alone start from 36sqm and can be as large as a property and budget allows.
"Whatever the need for space, we have a range of range of flexible and adaptable options that we can use as a starting point ,' Julie says. "We then work closely with our clients to design them a brand new space that suits their individual preferences and tastes, inside and out."
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