Outbuildings Add Usable Living Space To Your Home…

What are outbuildings?

 outbuildingsOutbuildings are often thought of as a barn or shed. These are buildings you find in the country or on a ranch. However, the truth be told, you will likely see these accessory buildings in your own suburban neighborhood. Structures like gazebos, pergolas, playhouses, club houses, garages, and greenhouses all are considered outbuildings.

These accessory buildings are structures on a property that are detached from the main building or house. In contrast, they can be connected to the main building by a breeze-way or walled-in-porch. These structures may be as simple in design as a storage shed or something that is more in-depth as a pool house or guest suite having its own electrical, plumbing and HVAC system.

In the past, outbuildings were built to be out of sight and out of mind. Primary uses included water closets (for toilets), animal shelter, kitchens, and slave quarters just to name a few. Today however, they are referred more to as accessory buildings. They’re designed to accompany the main house and usually act as a secondary or outdoor living space.

Type and uses for accessory buildings

Outbuildings are a way to modify and enhance your home’s exterior. In addition, they can come in many shapes and sizes for a number of different operations. They are considered subordinate in nature to the principal building which is the main living space on the house site.

Typical uses

* Detached garage: This is the most common used outbuilding in residential applications. Usually a 1, 2, or 3 car garage with access to an apartment, studio, or office above.

* Pool house: Used in association with a home pool. Usually includes a bar and/ or small kitchen, bath with shower, gathering area and in some cases a sleeping quarters for guest.

* Workshop: A garage type building. Primarily used as a shop for those who work on cars, motorcycles, boats, or any other type of motor vehicle. In addition, it can be used as a woodworking shop or welding shop also.

* Office space/ Apartment/ in-law suite: Allows the option of running a full time business or maintain a steady flow of income using it as an apartment. Also works well for in-laws who want to be close to family but still maintain a since of independence and a private domain.

These are some of the most common uses for accessory buildings; however, the options are many.

Outbuildings range from 300 to 600 plus square feet. Hence, they are a great solution for adding to your existing living space. You can enhance your living quarters, your property value, and earn income depending on the use of your accessory building. So if you are thinking about adding on to your existing home, give outbuildings some consideration.