Under the Cedar Tree

db3f3312-f5b1-45d1-bc88-f8ae08e6aa41SEATTLE — “This was a cool way to have our backyard actually work for us.”

Eric and Rebecca are counting the ways that their Modern-Shed Airbnb, actually two sheds connected by a deck, has been a positive addition in their lives.

Already comfortable with renting their entire house on Airbnb when they go on vacation, the couple started to think about building an additional unit in their backyard to bring in additional revenue.

We were really looking at how it would be a good idea to do that to off-set the mortgage and add to the square footage of the house to raise the equity of the home,” Eric says. “Once I realized adding 240 square feet would effectively pay off the construction cost in equity, it was a no-brainer. That is more or less what happened. If I can increase the monthly cashflow by $1500 or $2000 a month through the profit of an Airnb and if we wanted to sell the house, we’d make all the cost back, then why not do it? Continue reading

The long-term care plan

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Thurston County — It’s easy to see why Jane loves where she lives.

Her little red house sits on a quiet, winding street that most people in her city have never heard of. The branches of the apple trees in her yard bend with the heavy weight of their fruit, and her backyard looks out over a wide, expansive pasture that dovetails toward Henderson Inlet.

She loves her house, her property, her neighbors. So, when family members began to ask when she would move into an assisted living home, after she started to encounter health issues, she balked at their suggestions. She didn’t want to leave.

Jane searched for a solution to maintain her quality of life, and Modern-Shed became a part of that solution — Modern-Shed, and her neighbor’s daughter, Jasmine.

“This is my long-term care plan,” Jane says of the beautiful idea that came together last year. “It occurred to me that I could build a tiny home to house a caretaker.” Continue reading

The Twin Studios

This Modern-Shed twin studio is made with beautiful redwood siding.
This Modern-Shed twin studio is made with beautiful redwood siding.

SACRAMENTO — There’s never too much of a good thing, especially when it comes to Modern-Shed.

That’s what Jim from Davis realized when he and his wife decided they needed more space at their rural area home and ended up with not one, not two, but three Modern-Sheds. Continue reading

The Two-Minute Commute

This 10' by 12' Modern-Shed is used as a home office in the greater Seattle area.
This 10′ by 12′ Modern-Shed is used as a home office in the greater Seattle area.

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — With a young daughter at home, Charles didn’t want to face a two-hour commute each day to get to the Seattle offices of the social media company where he works.

“That’s effectively four hours of my 3-year-old daughter’s life,” Charles notes. “Three years old is a pretty key age. When you think about it, four hours a day five days a week is 20 hours a week. That’s half a work week I’ve spent away from home. That’s almost an entire day of my daughter’s life.” Continue reading

The Shed and Breakfast

This Modern Shed guest room is a space solution for Debbie and Burt.
This Modern Shed guest room is a space solution for Debbie and Burt.

Vashon Island — Burt and Debbie have lived in the greater Seattle area for more than 30 years, but they dream of escaping rush hour and congestion to live full-time at their Vashon Island home.

Their dreams became more of a reality two years ago, when their long-time renters decided to move on.

The couple elected to spend more time at their Vashon Island home, however, there was one problem — they didn’t have quite the space they wanted for visitors, including their two adult children.

“We love our home, but it’s only two bedrooms and we have two kids,” Burt said. “We’ve been watching Modern-Shed for years. We thought it really could integrate well with our house, which, even though it was built in the 1980s, is very modern-looking.”

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