The Modern-Shed Tiny Home

PORTLAND — Stepping into Marc and Jeanine’s Modern-Shed Airbnb, you will immediately feel like you’ve found a little nook of heaven.

The cozy shed, which the couple have named the Mallory Tiny Home, after the street they live on, is secluded and private, with stylish decor and a loft bedroom that practically beckons you to turn in and recharge from a busy day of sightseeing.

“People find it really beautiful,” says Jeanine, a spiritual healer who sometimes brings clients to the shed to meditate. “Everyone says there’s just enough space. They’re always impressed with how much space there is or how warm or cool it is. It’s just enough.”

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Marc and Jeanine with their Modern-Shed Airbnb in Portland, the Mallory Tiny Home

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Modern-Shed: Making you money $$$

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A Modern-Shed AirBnb in San Jose, Calif.

As the rise of AirBnBs and other vacation rental sites like HomeAway and VRBO can attest, when people take a vacay, more and more they want to stay at a home away from home.

We have several Modern-Shed customers who have capitalized on this trend.

In San Jose, Flora and Jeffrey initially built a Modern-Shed guest room to accommodate Flora’s sister, Fauna, who was staying in the area for college, but when Fauna graduated two years later, the couple started making serious money when they turned their shed into an AirBnB.

“I am just extremely happy with it,” says Flora, whose shed sees mostly business travelers. “I’m booked every day … Totally I was not expecting this many bookings … These guests, they come every day, even during the week, they’re here for a day and gone. It’s convenient for me and them … (Now) I’m a stay-at-home mom and a full-time AirBnB host.”

Other Modern-Shed owners rent or book their sheds for guests more interested in leisure.

Marc and Jeanine’s Modern-Shed AirBnB in fast-growing Portland offers exclusive access to the shed and an herb garden, with guests complimenting the shed’s “cozy” factor and noting that it’s “a gorgeous little oasis in Portland,” “central to a lot of restaurants and stores.”

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Modern-Shed rental cabins in Blue Lake Springs

Meanwhile, Holly’s twin Modern-Shed cabins at Blue Lake Springs near the Sierra Nevadas in California complement a traditional cabin and offer large families a quiet respite from the busy, city life.

“They are really cute,” Holly says. “My girls love sleeping in the sheds even though we didn’t plan them to be sleeping quarters … I love how the sheds are really multi-functional. People can use them how they want and can say ‘Hey, this is my space.’”

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Modern-Shed keeps you warm

Now that winter is just around the corner, it’s a good time to talk about how Modern-Shed keeps our customers warm … and, uh, well, cool as well for those living in the hot climates.

We offer all Modern-Sheds with a variety of insulation options best suited to the customer’s needs, desires and permitting requirements.

Above your head: All our standard smaller sheds are priced with a standard R30 rigid foam insulation package in the pre-fabricated roof system. This can be upgraded to R40 and (coming soon) R50 to accommodate extreme cold and heat, as well as to new energy codes that come up. To accommodate electrical needs within the panelized pre-fabricated roof system, one option is an electrical framing package that includes one wiring “chase” in one of the roof panels.

For larger structures that require higher level building permits to accommodate on-site electrical work and on-site building inspections by the local building departments, we offer a credit for an insulation delete option so the customer can use a spray-foam insulation once the inspection and electrical work is complete. We can accommodate any rafter size for the necessary insulation value required by each jurisdiction.

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The perfect arrangement

WEST SEATTLE — As many of our customers know, Modern-Sheds sometimes multiply.

Several of our customers have double sheds, from the yoga studio and home office in Alameda to the twin cabins in Blue Lake Springs. One family in Kirkland, Wash., even has four sheds on their property, all serving a unique need.

Husband and wife Fred and Susan are no strangers to the multiplying Modern-Shed, having purchased a shed for Fred’s sister, Jane, in Santa Cruz, and then buying one of their own to complement their West Seattle home.

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Fred and Susan’s 12′ by 24′ Modern-Shed in West Seattle

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Writing in paradise

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Judith’s Modern-Shed on Lopez Island is a perfect space for writing, meditating and doing yoga.

Lopez Island — Judith has had a house on Lopez Island in the beautiful San Juans of Washington state for the past 20 years, but she and her husband, Paul, have always known they’d like a little bit more space to enjoy their lovely surroundings.

“It’s a small house, and we have plans to expand, but I wanted a room away from our house so I could meditate, do yoga and write,” Judith recalls. “We couldn’t afford to do our expansion plan right then so a quickie way to get me some extra space was to get a Modern-Shed.”

Judith had been watching programs on tiny homes, so that’s where she’d gotten the idea to have a small space of her own. Continue reading

The backyard bungalow

San Francisco Bay Area — When you live in a 110-year-old house, you may soon learn that you need more space, especially if you have a growing family.

That’s what Flora and Jeffrey came to learn in 2015, even though they’d started thinking several years ago about building a shed in their backyard.

“We wanted more livable space,” Flora says. “We looked at prefab options because we wanted something easier … Our house is 110 years old and it’s a very small two-bedroom house. We have plans to renovate it by turning the basement into more living space, but that’s a more long-term plan. When we found out we were pregnant with our son, we knew we needed something faster.” Continue reading

Guest Blog: Which windows work for you?

By Joann Whetstine of Milgard Windows & Doors

With a custom shed, there are so many possibilities. Because a Modern-Shed is really an extension of your home, it’s important that the design complements the existing look and feel of your house and reflects your vision. Choosing the best windows is an important step as the windows can also help set the tone of the dwelling, based on the type of frame, visual appeal and even the color.

Modern-Shed offers windows in three different frame materials, each with their own benefits, depending on your specific needs and plans for the shed itself. From office to a private retreat or a guest cottage, you can choose the window that is right for you.

Fiberglass Windows

Milgard® UltraTM Series Fiberglass windows are very strong and resist swelling, rotting and warping over time, no matter the weather. With seven exterior, designer colors to choose from, you’re sure to be inspired. With Milgard, the Ultra Series comes with a Full Lifetime Warranty, which includes parts and labor and glass breakage coverage. This window is a great choice for beauty as well as peace of mind.

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This photo shows  shows the color Harmony, which can also be used on the interior

Aluminum Windows

Aluminum windows are popular when you are looking for a modern, contemporary style and the maximum amount of glass available. The Milgard Thermally Improved Aluminum Series is also more energy efficient than standard aluminum, which will help your shed stay warmer in winter and cooler in the summer. The thin frame offers narrow sight lines which are very pleasing to the eye. Choose from Bronze, White or Clear Anodized frames.

Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows are a popular option based on price and their energy efficient qualities. Most homeowners even notice that new vinyl windows even keep their house quieter, making them a great choice for a custom shed. Vinyl window are also durable and very low maintenance, so, they can look great for many years with little upkeep.

With so many options, you can be sure one of these window choices will be the best window for your project.