Reasons Why The “Shoffice” Could Be the next Trend in Real Estate

Reasons Why The “Shoffice” Could Be the next Trend in Real Estate

With the shoffice gaining popularity in London right now as the next big trend in real estate, it could only be a matter of time before Americans follow and owners of luxury homes for sale in Incline Village might be the first ones to join the bandwagon.

What exactly is a shoffice, anyway? The term sounds intriguing (maybe even a bit annoying to some who may ask, “is that even an actual word?”). It’s actually a cross between a shed and office. This new trend started in London just recently, with many homeowners thinking of a way to add more space to their already maximized homes.

They figured that their long and skinny backyards were the perfect place to build an extra room for their home office, or any other room they need (as long as it’s not for sleeping since it would be against London’s laws).

Instead of the typical shed in the backyard that is only used as a storage area for tools and other stuff, they built the shoffice and designed it to have the conveniences of a home office.

Since shoffices typically have a cabin-like look and feel, they would probably look great with Incline Village lakefront real estate and blend right in with the natural settings of the trees, mountains and the lake.

The shoffice is actually a brilliant idea and American homeowners would do well to catch on with this trend for the following reasons:

1. It separates your home life from your office life. Working from home presents many challenges. Most of them are about dealing with distractions which could ruin your focus at work (e.g. noisy kids, TV, house chores, etc). A shoffice gives you the space you need to physically separate your home life from your office life and eliminate these distractions, allowing you to work in peace and quiet in a nice setting.

2. You can turn it into any type of room. It doesn’t even need to be a home office. It can be a fitness room, music or dance studio, library, meditation room, or even a play area for kids. Your children will definitely love letting their imagination run free while playing in their own space.

3. It’s less expensive than relocating to a bigger home. Building a nice shoffice could cost anywhere from $100,000 to $150,000 or more, depending on the materials and design. This could seem a bit expensive. But compared to trading your 2-bedroom home to a 3-bedroom home which could cost you around $224,000, you actually save a lot for that extra room. Plus you also save on moving costs and the stress that comes along with relocating.

4. It’s a great alternative to landscaping. Instead of landscaping your dull and empty backyard, why not add a shoffice instead? You get more value for your money and it’s more useful too. It’s also a big plus for potential buyers of your Incline Village NV luxury homes for sale once buyers see there’s extra living space.

5. It increases the value of your home. Incline Village real estate agents can show off your shoffice as an additional feature to potential buyers. Aside from the extra space, it actually increases the value of your home since space was created where there was once none.

Will shoffices become a huge hit with owners of Incline Village NV luxury homes for sale? It may be too early to tell, but all these reasons would surely make you want to jump in the shoffice bandwagon as fast as you can!

However, keep in mind that Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) has building restrictions for all properties in the Lake Tahoe Basin so this won’t be possible on every lot. Check with your Realtor for recommendations on a TRPA consultant.

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