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Thursday, 13 September 2018 12:43

Home Care.... Sweet!

The August Issue of Furniture, Lighting and Decor Magazine features Home Care Suites cottages, which it calls, "The Suite Solution”.


The article talks about how there is a new housing alternative that many retiring boomers find appealing: granny flats or accessory dwelling units (ADUs). These backyard cottages, also sometimes referred to as tiny homes, or granny pods, offer an answer to two pressing challenges.


Alison Martin of Lighting and Decor Magazine wrote that ADUs “stand poised to solve two major housing crises in cities across the country: the struggle for more affordable housing and the eventual wave of retired and aged Baby Boomers who cannot physically live or afford to live by themselves.”


Henry Moseley Jr., founder and president of Home Care Suites started making these ADUs when his friend asked him to transform a cabana into a livable space for an aging family member. From this experience, Moseley created the custom cottage building company “designed for elderly living with a focus on accessibility.”

By 2035, one in five Americans will be over the age of 65, as well as one in three heads of house, says the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. As housing and healthcare costs continue to rise, ADUs may provide a win-win-win: affordable housing in major cities, comfortable living for aging Boomers and caregiving assistance for adult children.”

While ADUs are a great option for some boomers, they are not a perfect fit for everyone. The cottages are a significant investment.   According to Carrie Shores of San Francisco Bay Area-based Larson Shores Architecture and Interiors explains, “Little houses have all the same expensive parts as a big house but don’t have the extra square feet to bring down the cost.”

“In Florida, the ADU’s cost about $200 per square foot to build. Moseley’s most popular design — a 400-square-foot ADU with a 65- to 85-square-foot porch — costs about $85,000.00"

However, compared to the cost of assisted living facilities (ALF), ADUs are more cost-effective in the long run. According to research the average cost of a one-bedroom in an ALF in the United States is between $3,500 and $4,000 per month.

Building a Home Care Suite pays for itself in just over two years of paying for a one-bedroom in an Alternative Living Facility.

There are a few ways to recoup the investment. In Florida taxpayers are able to get a waiver on their taxes if there is an elderly person living in a space on their property.

“If people think they’re building these cottages just for a parent,” Moseley says, “they’re mistaken.”   Home Care Suites residents enjoy multiple benefits from multi-generation living. Grandparents are able to spend more time with the grandkids, parents spend less time driving across town to visit mom or dad, and the cottage can be used for multiple purposes after their loved one has passed away.  

In a 2016 AARP report, it estimates that that family caregivers focused on the elderly spend about 20 percent of their annual income on costs related to caregiving. And that doesn’t even take into consideration the emotional toll.

Alison Martin said it best in her piece in Lighting and Decor Magazine:  “Greater access to affordable housing and ADUs could potentially benefit people of all ages no matter where they’re living. The tools are out there. Now it will be up to cities and communities to help future generations realize their American Dreams and let others finish theirs in dignity.”

To read the piece by Martin, click here:  https://www.furniturelightingdecor.com/suite-solution

To take a virtual tour of our most popular Home Care Suite model, The Floridian, click here.

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Tampa Bay Times Story ScreenShot

Home Care Suites was featured in the Sunday Homes Section of the Tampa Bay Times on Sunday, June 3rd. 

You can find the article by clicking this link

The article discusses how popular the tiny home trend is, but points out that the biggest problem with Tiny Homes on Wheels (THOW) is that there is nowhere to put them.  While efforts are underway to build a tiny home community, as of June 2018, there are not any tiny home communities in Tampa Bay, other than trailer parks. 

The benefits of the Home Care Suite - are: 

Hurricane Proof: our cottages are built on a permanent concrete foundation with hurricane-rated doors, windows, and roof. 

Comfortable and Convenient:  Our cottages are super insulated with icyning foam insulation that keeps you cool and comfortable all year long. Our cottages are larger than they typical tiny home on wheel, offering more living space. 

Economical:  Not only do you not pay any additional property taxes on your tiny home if it is built for your family, but these homes do not depreciate, like an RV or a tiny home on wheels would. 

You can read more from our founder, Henry Moseley, who is quoted in the article here.  

This photo of the interior of our Floridian model was featured in the June 3rd 2018 issue of the Sunday Homes Section in the Tampa Bay Times. 

Interior Living KitchenBedroomHallway Dunedin HomeCareSuite

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Do you want to build a stand-alone tiny house?

It’s fun to dream about finding a little plot of land and building your own tiny dream home on the lot. But, it turns out that there are quite a few factors to keep in mind when you are developing a new lot.

Downsizing is all the rage, but before you build a tiny house as your stand-alone permanent residence, we encourage you to consider these things:

A big part of the expense of building a new home-especially on an undeveloped lot- actually comes from the underground work – things you might not think of.  

For modern day comforts, you need to have a home that has running water, sewage system, and electricity. If you have a vacant lot that is not already developed, you will have to pay significant additional fees to install your utilities: water, electric, sewage.

But there’s more. Depending on where you live, impact fees should be expected with your new residential development project. These fees are imposed and required by the state: school, fire service, parks, and transportation/ mobility fee.

So you know may be asking yourself, how much will all of this cost? The generic answer is, “more than you think!” But let’s add numbers to give us an approximation we can all compare. In the chart below, the numbers provided are based on counties located in the Tampa area, however, these fees are subject to change depending on the area of construction.

Keep in mind that these figures are approximations and they will vary depending on the county, zone, and the development of the land.

General Residential Development Charges Approximate Cost
Impact Fee-Transportation *depending on square footage $3,100.00 
Impact Fee- Recreational *depending on 1BR or 2BR and building zone   $275.00
Impact Fee- School *depending on square footage  $1,500.00
Impact-Fee Fire   $50.00
Meter Installation- Portable Water
*Septic System Setup (if needed)
Water Well *if needed
Water line set up
Engineering inspection
Reading Device
Wastewater charges
Survey
Electrical Connection
Permit Certification
 $18,000 to $133,500 
Total Costs $23,000 to $138,000 

 

*The county charges the impact fees. These averages were provided by Hillsborough County http://hcflgov.net/library/hillsborough/media-center/documents/public-works/impact-fees/residential-impact-mobility-schedule.pdf?la=en

* The site development costs for utility setup were estimates provided by http://buildingadvisor.com/buying-land/budgeting/typical-site-development-costs/. Please keep in mind that these values depend on the level of development of the land you purchase.

Now add on top of that the cost of building the cottages – our tiny homes start at $55,000, and go up to $110,000 or even $140,000 for the larger two-bedroom models with a full kitchen.  

Now that you have a general idea about the costs associated with a new development, this information should be considered when you’re making the decision to build your new home.

We don’t want to discourage your plans but do hope we can provide you with a clearer picture!

We generally build our cottages as a backyard structure – being the second living unit on an already-developed lot allows us to tie our cottages utilities into the existing water, sewer, and electric, which saves tremendously on costs.  

If you are thinking about building a stand-alone tiny new home on an undeveloped lot, you should compare these costs those associated with purchasing an existing home, and ultimately choose the best option for YOU: because home is where the heart is!

 

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